(CBS Detroit) – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and its Detroit area partners will receive federal funding to provide support to residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties who have been emotionally affected by flooding in the ‘last summer.
The $ 3.7 million grant from FEMA’s Crisis Counseling and Training Assistance Program will be used to create the Tri-County Strong program.
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“After a flood, government assistance to rebuild your home or business is often not enough. Survivors also need emotional support to rebuild their lives and keep moving forward, ”said Elizabeth Hertel, Director of MDHHS. “The MDDHS favors meeting the behavioral health needs of Michiganders. We thank FEMA and SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) for recognizing this need in our greater metropolitan area.
Funding will run until early October.
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“The intention is to help community members cope with normal reactions to this disaster and prevent or minimize any post-disaster need for more intense behavioral health clinical services, ”said Allen Jansen, senior deputy director of the MDHHS Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Administration.
As local community mental health agencies reach out, people affected by flooding who want immediate behavioral health assistance must contact their departmental agency:
- Detroit Wayne Integrated Health Network: http://www.dwihn.org, 313-344-9099 for the main number, or 800-241-4949 for the 24-hour helpline.
- Oakland Community Health Network: http://www.oaklandchn.org, 800-341-2003 for customer service or 800-231-1127 for the crisis helpline and resources.
- Macomb County Community Mental Health: http://www.mccmh.net, 855-996-2264 for the main number or 586-307-9100 for the 24-hour crisis line.
“Last year, our region was grappling with natural disasters and the psychosocial toll and the devastation that was left behind, in addition to the pandemic, which contributed stress and fear, ”said Eric Doeh, President and CEO of Detroit Wayne Integrated Health network. “Despite everything, we are committed to improving the lives of survivors, and we are proud to be a part of those efforts.
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