August 29, 2015 marks the 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. 33 of our Network centers and 31 of our partners assisted in 22 states making it the greatest NCTSN response and recovery to date. Some of our NCTSN centers suffered significant damage and had to rebuild their centers and their communities. Others assisted the over 1 million individuals displaced from their communities. This webinar series highlights the
tremendous efforts over the past 10 years to rebuild after this deadly storm.
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The evacuation of 1.1 million residents from an area approximately equal in land mass to Great Britain resulted in 19 states participating in federally funded crisis counseling programs organized to address the evacuation, sheltering, and recovery needs of Americans displaced by Hurricane Katrina. The panel of presenters all played key roles in the Hurricane Katrina response. The speakers will address the unique set of challenges faced from the perspective of the directly damaged resident state of Louisiana, a “host” state (Colorado), a “host” city of Houston, and the federal response plan (SAMHSA). The content presented will provide essential information regarding early stage sheltering and stabilization, intermediate and longer-term assimilation into temporary communities, and repatriation to the survivor’s home state. The information presented will benefit policy makers, emergency response planners, treatment providers, public health officials, and local emergency response personnel.

Project Fleur-de-lisTM (PFDL), an intermediate and long-term school-based mental health response to Hurricane Katrina, was designed to conduct school-based trauma-informed treatment. This case study examines the rationale, design, implementation, evaluation and impact of PFDL as a grass roots program that evolved into a model for a school-based trauma-informed system of care for nearly 100 schools in the Greater New Orleans area. Lessons learned from PFDL can assist other cities and their schools that experience disasters by informing school policy in disaster preparedness and in the immediate and long-term school-based mental health responses for students.

August 29, 2015 marks the tenth year of recovery from Hurricane Katrina, which affected 1.5 million people throughout the Gulf Coast, of which 1,464 lost their lives. This webinar will focus on the widespread behavioral health impact on the residents of the largest metropolitan area and the surrounding parishes. The presenters all played key roles in the direct operation of response and recovery services from the days preceding Katrina and into the present day. This webinar will first revisit the horrific and unanticipated exposure of first responders, families and children to these historic events and their lingering consequences. Based on this experience and the extreme needs of the population, the second half of the presentation will speak directly to the innovations in treatment and response strategies that were developed and how they have evolved and continue to provide meaningful approaches to addressing child and family needs today throughout the greater New Orleans Area.