DBHDD received a federal grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide crisis counseling services to help Georgians recover from the tornadoes experienced in January of this year. The grant-funded Georgia Recovery Project will provide outreach to survivors in Butts, Henry, Jasper, Meriwether, Newton, Spalding, and Troup counties. The program supports short-term interventions that help:
- disaster survivors understand their current situation and reactions to the problems caused or worsened by the disaster;
- reduce stress and provide emotional support;
- assist survivors in understanding their disaster recovery options;
- promote the use or development of coping strategies;
- connect survivors with other people or agencies who can help them to recover from the disaster.
The Georgia Crisis and Access Line (GCAL) is also available 24/7 to counsel Georgians from every county who may be experiencing serious behavioral health problems. GCAL can be reached at 1-800-715-4225.
The Georgia Recovery Project is a collaboration among the Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).