U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

SAMHSA Disaster Technical Assistance Center (DTAC)

ICF assisted SAMHSA in improving and broadening the range of overall technical assistance and public sector capacity for behavioral health crisis preparedness, response, and recovery.

ICF facilitated collaboration and integration between SAMHSA, U.S. states, and other key stakeholders in support of behavioral health (mental health and substance abuse) planning in disaster response. We also assisted SAMHSA in developing a coordinated infrastructure for behavioral health service needs consistent with evolving health care and preparedness systems and requirements.

ICF provided the following services in support of SAMHSA’s goals for DTAC:

  • Compilation, analysis, and synthesis of knowledge about the effective organization and delivery of mental health crisis services in relation to health care and emergency management systems
  • Dissemination of information available about the delivery of mental health and substance abuse services in the aftermath of large scale natural or human caused disasters, criminal events, acts of terrorism, etc.
  • Provided telephone and on-site consultation to states, U.S. Territories, and federally recognized Tribes via disaster behavioral health coordinators on effective planning and response to disasters and crisis events
  • Organization and facilitation of workshops, training events, regional conferences, and meetings addressing mental health and substance abuse disaster response and recovery using a combination of logistical knowledge and programmatic expertise
  • Planning, development, and implementation of resource dissemination in coordination with the SAMHSA Office of Communication and SAMHSA Health Information Network (SHIN) clearinghouse and website