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Fortunately, New Jersey had developed and implemented a formal disaster mental health plan, prior to September 11th. Professionals in each county have participated in extensive pre-disaster preparedness activities, such as disaster drills, training programs and by preparing educational materials necessary during an emergency.

In conjunction with the state and county Offices of Emergency Management (OEMs), each county Mental Health Administrator has been charged with creating a network of qualified mental health professionals within their geographic area, and assuring that those counselors have attended one of the many Disaster Mental Health training programs through the New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS).

The following FAQs address what is unique about administering disaster mental health services under FEMA oversight and funding following a Presidentially Declared Disaster.

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