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ASPR Division for At-Risk Individuals, Behavioral Health, and Community Resilience
The Division for At-Risk Individuals, Behavioral Health & Community Resilience (ABC) provides subject matter expertise, education, and coordination to internal and external partners to ensure that the functional needs of at-risk individuals and behavioral health issues are integrated in the public health and medical emergency preparedness, response, and recovery activities of the nation to facilitate and promote community resilience and national health security.
Mental Health Teams
The U.S. Public Health Service’s (USPHS) Mental Health Teams (MHT) provides resources and assistance to communities throughout the United States. They were created in 2006 as part of the National Response Plan’s ESF-8 public health and medical asset provisions and may be deployed in response to an ESF-8 or non-ESF-8 public health emergency. There are currently five MHT, each of which is a work force comprising 26 USPHS trained Commissioned Corps officer responders. Each MHT is scalable, and can provide only those resources needed.
Office of Policy and Planning (OPP)- Missions and Functions
ASPR’s Office of Policy and Planning (OP) protects the health of all Americans through integrated policy approaches, plans and courses of action to strengthen the nation’s public health and healthcare preparedness, response and recovery that are evidence based, intellectually rigorous, ethical, and enhance the resilience of the American people. It leads strategic planning and evaluation, preparedness and response policy development and analysis, and leads coordination and collaboration with domestic and international partners to reduce adverse health effects of public health emergencies and disasters.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Resources
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) coordinates, communicates, consults and provides resources and technical assistance to HHS and ASPR leadership as well as numerous other offices and agencies throughout the federal partnership and at the State, Local, Tribal and Territorial level on disaster behavioral health issues. The goal of SAMHSA in this effort is to raise awareness, promote behavioral health integration into preparedness, response and recovery operations, ensure survivors have quality and accessible behavioral health assistance following a disaster and that workforce needs are addressed.