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The New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) within the New Jersey Department of Human Services (NJDHS) is home to a specialized behavioral health Disaster and Terrorism Branch (DTB) located within the Office of the Assistant Commissioner for Mental Health and Addiction Services. The DMHAS Director of the Disaster and Terrorism Branch is responsible for activating the state's behavioral health disaster response plan in coordination with the NJDHS Emergency Social Services Coordinator and the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management, during a declared disaster. Each New Jersey County also maintains a county-specific all hazards mental health disaster plan. During times of disaster, the county's plan can also be activated by the County Mental Health Administrator in coordination with the County Office of Emergency Management and in collaboration with the state partners.

Services Available

The Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services has over 120 contracted community mental health provider agencies. Over the past several years and especially since September 11, training for these mental health providers as well as private practitioners, has been consistently provided through federal grant programs. In fiscal year 2007 more than 3,500 people received training through DMHAS sponsored training programs. The Disaster and Terrorism Branch is home to a multi-disciplinary Training and Technical Assistance Group (TTAG) which has the capacity to provide on-demand training for mental health professionals in the wake of disaster to further increase the state's capacity to address the psychosocial needs of the community. The services available through the Disaster and Terrorism Branch include:

Individual crisis counseling
Psychological first aid
Disaster-specific psycho-educational information
Group crisis counseling
Consultation and training
Information and referral services
Toll-free warm line services

The Disaster and Terrorism Branch maintains this website to share relevant information with the public and with mental health professionals. The Branch works in close collaboration with public health, law enforcement, emergency management, and other professionals at the local, state and federal levels to coordinate mitigation, planning, response and recovery efforts. DTB also actively promotes the participation of mental health professionals in drills, exercises, and ongoing professional development activities. 


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