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Disaster behavioral health comprises the mental health issues related to disasters and the means of addressing them, including proactive methods to build resiliency and short- and long-term approaches to restoring and maintaining psychological and emotional health in the face of an emergency.
Gila County's Disaster Behavioral Health Response Plan includes the concept of operations, roles and responsibilities, and response actions necessary to ensure the mental health of both public health emergency response personnel and the general population during an emergency.
This plan was submitted in for Goal 1 of a Project Public Health Ready
application in 2011 and can be used as an example by other local health