Disaster Behavioral Health Preparedness
Moving Forward Together

Two dates - Two locations

Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 noon

When and Where:

  • February 14, 2018 - EMHS Center for Emergency Preparedness, 797 Wilson Street, Brewer, ME
  • February 16, 2018 - Franklin Memorial Hospital, Chisholm Room, Farmington, ME
  • Portland (Date and location TBD)


Program Overview: A survey of providers, including organizations such as hospitals, substance abuse providers, mental and behavioral health, crisis services and community support programs, was distributed by Maine DHHS/ Center for Disease Control and Prevention to determine the state of readiness of the social services networks. The results of the 2017 survey provide a snapshot of the state of community emergency preparedness. We'll use these and a comparison to a similar survey conducted in 2013 to start our discussion around improving or expanding agency’s emergency planning efforts, receiving more resources and coordinating disaster behavioral health services into County Emergency Management Agencies and Healthcare Coalition exercises and training.

Presentations will include the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention Public Health Emergency Preparedness staff, Healthcare Coalition Directors and DBH/Medical Response Corps volunteers to provide program overviews and training opportunities; and a discussion on future collaborations among social service providers during crisis events.

At the conclusion of this meeting, participants will:
• Be better able to begin organizational planning for emergency operations plans
• Identify training and exercises to meet agency objectives, staff training, CMS regulations and to improve community preparedness;
• Discuss next steps and future activities at the local, state and facility levels.

Intended Audience: This symposium is intended for clinical and administrative social services leadership and staff, public-health professionals and other individuals involved in planning and implementing regional and healthcare emergency response activities:
• Behavioral Health agencies
• Social Service Providers
• Emergency management
• Long Term Care
• Hospice
• Home Health
• School-based programs
• Outpatient Care
• Treatment services
• Crisis Services

For more information about Maine CDC Disaster Behavioral Health program, contact:
Kathleen Wescott, Director, Disaster Behavioral Health,
Public Health Emergency Preparedness, Maine CDC
Email: Kathleen.Wescott@maine.gov
Tel: 287-3796

To register online complete and submit the registration form. For more information contact AdCare, Ballard Center, 6 East Chestnut Street, Suite 101, Augusta, ME, 04330, 207.626.3615 (voice), V/TTY: dial 711, 207.621.2550 (fax) or tmclaughlin@adcareme.org.



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This course is sponsored by the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, An Office of the Department of Health and Human Services.





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