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Crisis Counseling


Under the Stafford Act, FEMA provides grants to states and local health agencies for short term crisis counseling.

Eligibility guidelines. (1) For services. An individual may be eligible for crisis counseling services if he/she was a resident of the designated major disaster areas or was located in the area at the time of the disaster event and if: He/she has a mental health problem which was caused or aggravated by the major disaster or its aftermath; or (ii) He/she may benefit from preventive care techniques.

Crisis counseling means the application of individual and group treatment procedures which are designed to ameliorate the mental and emotional crises and their subsequent psychological and behavioral conditions resulting from a major disaster or its aftermath.

The National Mental Health Information Center maintains a telephone hot-line. Their publicly available information states that they can help with urgent immediate counseling needs as well as referrals to a crisis counselor in your area.

If you are in crisis, or need additional information, you may wish to call the National Mental Health Information Center at:

1 800 273-8255


TTY 1 800 779-4889




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