Crisis Counseling Grant

What is the aim of the Crisis Counseling Grant?

The Crisis Counseling Grant aims to provide short-term crisis counseling services to people affected by a Presidentially-declared major disaster. The purpose of the grant is to help relieve any grieving, stress, or mental health problems caused or aggravated by the disaster or its aftermath. Assistance is short-term in nature and provided at no cost to the disaster survivor.

Who are Eligible to Apply for the Crisis Counseling Grant?

States are eligible for grants. If the Governor determines, during an assessment of the need for crisis counseling services, that because of unusual circumstances or serious conditions within the State or local mental health network, the State cannot carry out the crisis counseling program, he/she may identify a public or private mental health agency or organization to carry out the program or request the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Regional Director to identify, with assistance of the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), such an agency or organization.

In order to be eligible for services under the Crisis Counseling Grant, an individual must be a resident of the designated disaster area or must have been in the designated area at the time the disaster occurred.

How and Where to Apply for the Crisis Counseling Grant?

Application for Federal assistance for the Immediate Services Program must be submitted by the State to FEMA no later than 14 days after the Presidential declaration. Application for Federal assistance for the Regular Services Program must be submitted by the State to FEMA, along with a copy to SAMHSA CMHS, no later than 60 days after the Presidential declaration.

For more information on the Crisis Counseling Grant, contact:

Headquarters Office
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Individual Assistance 500 C Street, SW, Sixth Floor, Washington, District of Columbia 20472-3100
Phone: 202-212-1117
Web Site Address: http://www.fema.gov

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