Disaster Planning for Behavioral Health Service Programs

$25.00 | CE Hours:5.00 | Intermediate

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CE Course Description

Disasters can devastate communities, as well as jeopardize individuals' health and overall well-being. Moreover, disasters, whether natural or man-made, can lead to widespread death and destruction. Due to the catastrophic nature of disasters, health care organizations should have disaster plans in place to help mitigate the impact of a disaster on patient care. This course will review the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Technical Assistance Publication (TAP), Disaster Planning Handbook for Behavioral Health Service Programs, to provide health care professionals with the necessary insight to develop and improve disaster plans, which may be used in the event of a disaster to ensure effective patient care, and save lives.

Author:  This report was prepared for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) by a panel of field reviewers, including behavioral health service providers with experience in disaster preparedness and response, who contributed to the original 2013 version of this TAP.  For the 2021 update, subject matter experts and writers reviewed the content to ensure that the revised document realistically reflects how behavioral health service programs can respond to the challenges of disaster preparedness and response. [This TAP was revised during the COVID-19 pandemic.]

Recommended Citation:  Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): TAP 34: Disaster Planning Handbook for Behavioral Health Service Programs. SAMHSA Publication No. PEP2021-02-01-001. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Published 2021.

References / Contributions by:

  1. Benlloch, J M , Cortes, J C , Martinez-Rodriguez, D , Julian, R S , & Villanueva, R J (2020) Efect of the early use of antivirals on the COVID-19 pandemic: A computational network modeling approach Chaos, Solitons, and Fractals, 140, 110168
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2021a) Demographic trends of COVID-19 cases and deaths in the US reported to CDC Retrieved March 4, 2021, from https://covid cdc gov/covid-data-tracker/#demographics
  3. Federal Emergency Management Agency (2010a) Comprehensive preparedness guide 101: Developing and maintaining emergency operations plans (Version 2 0) U S Department of Homeland Security Retrieved September 8, 2020, from www ready gov/sites/default/fles/2019-06/comprehensive_preparedness_guide_developing_and_maintaining_emergency_operations_plans pdf 4. Ko, J Y , Danielson, M L , Town, M , Derado, G , Greenlund, K J , Kirley, P D , COVID-NET Surveillance Team (2020) Risk factors for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)-associated hospitalization: COVID-19-associated hospitalization surveillance network and behavioral risk factor surveillance system Preprint version submitted to medRxiv Retrieved January 13, 2021, from https://academic oup com/cid/advance-article/doi/10 1093/cid/ciaa1419/5908300

Retrieved From:  https://store.samhsa.gov/product/tap-34-disaster-planning-handbook-for-behavioral-health-service-programs/pep21-02-01-001?utm_source=SAMHSA&utm_campaign=6a52e9c8ce-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2021_04_02_01_05&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_ee1c4b138c-6a52e9c8ce-168129853

CE Course Objectives

  1. Examine the rationale and process for disaster planning.
  2. Evaluate disaster planning and preparation, while obtaining insight into disaster planning teams and how disasters may impact individuals.
  3. Recognize concepts related to continuity planning, while obtaining insight into the effective  management of prescription medications.
  4. Identify concepts related to planning issues for a pandemic disease.
  5. Analyze how to effectively complete, test, activate, and deactivate a disaster plan.

CE Outline and Main Points

  1. Forward
  2. Introduction
  3. TAP Development Participants
  4. Publication Information
  5. Chapter 1: Rational and Process for Planning
  6. Chapter 2: Disaster Planning and Preparation 
  7. Chapter 3: Continuity Planning
  8. Chapter 4: Management of Prescription Medications
  9. Chapter 5: Planning Issues for a Pandemic Issues
  10. Chapter 6: Completing, Testing, Activating, and Deactivating the Disaster Plan
  11. Appendix A: Biography
  12. Appendix B: Worksheets
  13. Appendix C: Abbreviations and Acronyms
  14. Appendix D: Disaster Planning Web Resources
  15. Sample E: Sample Memorandum of Agreement Between Opioid Treatment Programs

Course Level: Intermediate

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Added On: 02/01/2021

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