Behavioral Health Resources

HICS Job Action Sheets for Employee Health and Behavioral Health Leaders

Incorporating Employee Psych Recovery into HICS Structure

BH Unit Leader Job Action Sheet

Employee Family Care Unit Leader Job Action Sheet

Disaster Response and Recovery Information


Training Healthcare providers to address the psychological consequences

  •  SAMHSA behavioral health disaster appThe SAMHSA Disaster App allows disaster behavioral health responders to navigate resources related to pre-deployment preparation, on-the-ground assistance, and post-deployment resources. Users can also share resources from the app via text message or email, and quickly identify local behavioral health services.
  • How to cope with sheltering in place – This SAMHSA tip sheet provides strategies for coping with sheltering in place. Explains reactions people often feel when sheltering in place; suggests ways to care for oneself and the family, such as making a plan and staying connected; and provides additional helpful resources.
  • Children and Disasters: Disaster Preparedness to Meet Children’s Needs. This website is AAP’s primary resource site for disaster preparedness to meet children’s needs.

Resources for Teachers, Families, and Caregivers to Help Children and Youth


  • Children and youth—SAMHSA Disaster Behavioral Health Information Series (DBHIS) installmentThis SAMHSA DTAC DBHIS installment focuses on the reactions and mental health needs of children and youth after a disaster and contains resources from both the child trauma and disaster behavioral health fields. The collection includes an annotated bibliography and a section with helpful links to organizations, agencies, and other resources that address disaster preparedness and response issues surrounding children and youth. 

Resources Focused on Older Adults

  • Psychosocial issues for older adults in disastersThis booklet contains tools for mental health professionals, emergency response workers, and caregivers to use when providing disaster mental health and recovery support to older adults.  The authors explore the nature of disasters and older adults’ reactions to them.

Resources Focused on People with Disabilities 

  • Functional needs of people with disabilities: A guide for emergency managers, planners and responders – This guide includes information for emergency planners, managers, and first responders to address the needs of individuals with disabilities, from disaster preparedness and planning to the rescue and recovery phases. It highlights lessons learned from previous major disasters and provides additional tools and resources for functional needs emergency planning. 
  • Tips for first responders — The authors of this 28-page booklet offer tips disaster and other first responders can use during emergencies and routine encounters to accommodate and communicate with people with disabilities.  The booklet is divided into sections that focus on the following populations: older adults, people with service animals, mobility impairments, autism, multiple chemical sensitivities, or cognitive disabilities; and people who are hearing or visually impaired.

Resources Focused on Substance Abuse Concerns 

  • Substance Use Disorders and Disasters — This SAMHSA DTAC DBHIS installment provides resources on the prevention and treatment of substance use disorders that can be used to help plan for, respond to, and recover from disasters. The installment includes tip sheets, guides, and other downloadable resources that can be used to help people with substance use disorders to recover from disaster events and find treatment. 
  • Disaster events and services for persons with co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorders – This tip sheet discusses the needs of people with co-occurring mental illness and substance use issues after a disaster. It also covers topics for people who interact and work with these populations need to know. Those addressed include families and other concerned nonprofessionals, health care providers, and human service and other community providers.

Disaster Response Personnel 

  • A guide to managing stress in crisis response professionsThis SAMHSA guide provides first responders with information on signs and symptoms of stress and offers simple, practical techniques for minimizing stress responses prior to and during disaster response.
  • Stress management for emergency responders: What responders can doThis CDC audio podcast is part of a series that examines sources of stress and what individuals, team leaders, and agency management can do to manage the stress. Tips for reducing stress and lessening its negative impacts are also provided by CDC. 

Traumatic Stress and Retraumatization Resources 

Headington Institute
The institute’s website offers links to podcasts, handouts, self-care assessments, and online trainings for psychological and spiritual support for community caregivers.

SBIRT is a comprehensive, integrated public health approach to the delivery of early intervention for individuals with a history of alcohol and drug use; and supports the use of timely referrals to substance abuse treatment programs.  This BIG Hospital SBIRT Initiative has FREE webinars for healthcare professionals working in hospitals, FQHC, community clinics and programs.  Different types of populations and services are discussed depending on your level of interest.