Disaster Human Services & Emergency Operations
The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services partners with the Department of Health’s Office of Public Health Preparedness to strengthen Pennsylvania’s focus on emergency behavioral health at the state, county and local levels. Together these agencies conduct training, support and fund initiatives and established the Crisis Counseling Program.
The training program was established to assist communities in the development of emergency behavioral health plans and train staff in Psychological First Aid and Disaster Crisis Outreach and Referral Teams.
Psychological First Aid
Disaster Crisis Outreach and Referral Team
Pennsylvania State Police Member Assistance Program
The Office of the Medical Director also supports programs like the Pennsylvania State Police’s Member Assistance Program. This program offers PA State Police personnel and their families Peer Contacts to help through a wide range of personal and work-related issues. Peer contacts are not professional counselors, but rather everyday state police personnel who have received specialized training to help you manage and maintain good mental and emotional health.
Pennsylvania Americans showing Compassion, Assistance and Reaching out with Empathy for Service Members
As military personnel return home to Pennsylvania from their duties in the U.S. Global War on Terror and other duties, these individuals and their family members may experience a variety of readjustment challenges. In response to this, the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, and the Department of Veterans Affairs, have joined with various state and local agencies to form a voluntary advisory and action task force to assist these veterans and their families with a successful reintegration back to their families and communities.
Department of Health Office of Public Health Preparedness
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency
Pennsylvania Recovery and Resiliency
ReadyPA | Emergency Planning for Those with Special Needs