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The New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services is sponsoring a series of training events to ensure that providers from both the public and private sectors responding to disasters under the auspices of the Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services are appropriately trained. As the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is a major source of funding support after disasters, it is important to maintain a pool of professionals trained under the prescribed National Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) guidelines for Crisis Counseling. All of the training programs offered through this initiative are consistent with those guidelines.

These training sessions will also be used, not only to develop an expanded cadre of responders, but as a mechanism to develop a data base of people known to the Division in advance that can be quickly and easily accessed in the event of a disaster. Training participants will register with the Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services and this information will be shared with the county Mental Health Administrators who are central points of access for emergency response.

Please note that mental health professionals who wish to assist in future response efforts will be required to be trained through this mechanism.

Future participation in Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services sanctioned disaster responses is contingent on the human service professionals' completion of at least the full-day, "Introduction to Disaster Mental Health and Crisis Counseling program. A variety of Advanced Disaster Mental Health training topics are offered in full and half-day format.

These training sessions are open to human service professionals working in both public and private settings, and efforts are underway to promote these programs through the various professional associations (i.e.- National Association of Social Workers/New Jersey Chapter; New Jersey Psychological Association; New Jersey Psychiatric Association; etc.) CEU's for the various disciplines will be sought, but can not be promised at this time.

Please consult this site often to learn about upcoming training events and participation in the Emergency Response Network. The training sessions currently scheduled are listed below, along with contact names and numbers for registration. Pre-registration is required for all sessions. These training are offered at no charge to the participant.

The Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services' Disaster and Terrorism Branch coordinates its training events in partnership with the Mental Health Association in New Jersey.  For information about current and future training events, please go to the NJDRCC website.

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