Crisis counseling program serves over 18,000 Typhoon Yutu survivors

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SINCE it was established in 2018, Crisis Counseling Program-You, Us, Together, United or CCP-YUTU has provided counseling services to over 18,000 Typhoon Yutu survivors, Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. communications and public relations specialist Zoe Travis said.

CCP-YUTU, which ended on Monday, helped typhoon survivors recover, rebuild, and revive through educational and empathetic outreach, Travis added.

She said CCP-YUTU outreach teams started their work in Dec. 2018 on Saipan and Tinian by helping survivors “understand their reactions to the disaster, connect with community resources, and engage in healthy coping strategies.”

Over 160 presentations were conducted at local schools, first responder agencies, and many other community organizations and events, she added.

CCP-YUTU is a temporary disaster relief program funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services-Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration or SAMHSA.

With the end of CCP-YUTU, Travis said the Community Guidance Center is now working on the establishment of the Disaster Case Management Program or DCMP.

“The goal of the DCMP is to assist individuals and families as they continue to recover in the aftermath of Typhoon Yutu by helping them connect with resources to meet their disaster-caused unmet needs,” Travis said.

The DCMP services will include community outreach, screening and assessment, information sharing, and referral to social and health services, and the development of a recovery plan, Travis added.

“The DCMP will assist survivors on a tiered hierarchy, correlating the level of services with the level of disaster need. Any survivor whose primary residence was in the impacted area and has a verifiable disaster-caused unmet need that has not been met through other assistance may be eligible for these services,” she said.

SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Hotline at 1-800-985-5990 or TalkWithUS at 1-212-461-4635 are still available 24 hours a days or 365 days a year for those still experiencing emotional distress.

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