Disaster Planning Handbook for Behavioral Health Service Programs Part One (DA2316)

Author(s): Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Pre-Approved for: CA BRN, CCAPP, CE Broker Provider, Delaware BON, FCB, MCBAP-Related, NAADAC, RNs

Credit Hours: 8

Course Format

This course is online. All course material is available online and is accessible immediately after purchase from your account homepage. Certificate of Completion is available immediately upon passing the exam.

Course Overview

This course covers Chapters 1-3 of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) guide for program services management and disaster planning teams to develop strategies for implementing emergency preparedness ahead of time. This technical assistance publication (TAP) guide assists behavioral health services programs to create comprehensive, flexible disaster plans with clearly written reference tools for rapid and effective responses.

Course Objectives

  1. Recognize that disasters are often violent, life-threatening events that affect behavioral health patients and formulate a disaster preparedness plan to address potential emergencies.

  2. Communicate with other organizations for participation in community-based disaster exercises and collaboration plans in the event of an emergency situation.

  3. Educate program service staff about the need for emergency preparedness before a disaster occurs, provisions that need to be made, and staff roles during a disaster event.

  4. Review policies and procedures on a regular basis and inform staff of necessary changes or updates to implement.

  5. Analyze data after a disaster for education, applying adjustments, and improving potential future disaster responses.

Course Outline

  1. Introduction

  2. Chapter 1 - Rationale and Process

  3. Chapter 2 - Disaster Planning and Preparation

  4. Chapter 3 - Continuity Planning

  5. Appendices

    Appendix A - Bibliography
    Appendix B - Worksheets
    Appendix C - Abbreviations and Acronyms
    Appendix D - Disaster Planning Web Resources
    Appendix E - Sample Memorandum of Agreement Between Opioid Treatment Programs

  6. Exhibits

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Customer Testimonial

This information was interesting and thought provoking. The course made me aware of the necessary actions that must take place to ensure the safety of those with specific needs.
Paulette B.
- MCBAP-Related