Aggie Disaster Response Mental Health Recovery Network: Hurricane Disaster Recovery in North Carolina

Caroline S. Booth, Paige Dunlap, Yudan Wang


As the number of natural disasters and the population of the world continues to increase, it is extremely important that new models of community response and recovery are developed, particularly related to longer-term mental health recovery. To that end and given the need to address behavioral health concerns within North Carolina (NC) for those impacted by Hurricanes Florence and Michael, the Aggie Disaster Response Mental Health Recovery Network (ADRMHRN) was created to support those in post-disaster mental health distress. This network sought to connect clients to services through the creation of an extensive community resource network along with robust mental health service provider partnerships to treat those experiencing longer-term behavioral health recovery challenges. Disaster behavioral health, mental health first responder, clinical best practice  trainings for community members, current service providers, and the future behavioral health workforce were additional project components with the ultimate goal to increase quality client care in the community. Preliminary results and implications for future effective disaster response are also shared.

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International Journal of Social Science Studies   ISSN 2324-8033 (Print)   ISSN 2324-8041 (Online)

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