Behavioral Health Response Strike Team

The Behavioral Health Response Strike Team provides mental health support to survivors, emergency responders, and the larger community in the event of a disaster.

The principal focus of this strike team is to minimize the harmful psychological effects of stress and trauma on surviving individuals and families immediately following a disaster. All team members receive specialized training, including Psychological First Aid training.

Team Lead: Tai Mendenhall

Team Member Roles and Responsibilities

Team Member Roles

  1. Provide behavioral health support to general public or target groups during MRC deployments including but not limited to:
    • Point of Dispensing/Mass Dispensing Site
    • Staff Staging Areas
    • Campus/Family Assistance Centers
    • Off campus deployment sites
    • Other
  2. Provide support to MRC members during and after deployments

Team Member Responsibilities

  1. Training
  2. Stay Current on MRC Activities by reading MRC monthly newsletters
  3. Attend 1-2 team meetings a year

Team Member Time Commitment

  • Attend a minimum of 1 team meeting per year (1 hour in length) 
  • Time commitment during actual responses/deployments will vary
  • Participate in drills and exercises when available
  • Participate in MRC deployments when available
  • Attend Psychological First Aid Training (1 ½ hours (in-person) or view online version)
  • View on-line training modules listed above (1 hour for each module)