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ANGIE MONCADA
Director of Communications
& Special Events

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(401) 831-7700 x101
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[email protected]

Wednesday, August 3, 2005
RED CROSS TO TRAIN 100 LICENSED MENTAL HEALTH WORKERS IN DISASTER RESPONSE

WHAT
The American Red Cross Rhode Island Chapter, working with the Rhode Island Department of Mental Health, Retardation & Hospitals, will train 100 mental health workers in disaster response. This is the largest single disaster mental health training ever conducted by the Red Cross in Rhode Island and one of just a few of its kind across the United States. Courses include Introduction to Disaster Services and Disaster Mental Health: An Overview (1.5 hours each).

WHO
100 licensed mental health workers from Rhode Island hospitals, clinics and private practice and those with chaplaincy credentials.

WHY
To empower a corps of Red Cross volunteers who will take Rhode Island by storm during an emergency. These professionals will be ready to respond in the event of a disaster such as a hurricane or the 2003 Station Night Club Fire, providing counseling, and support to victims and their families.

WHEN
August 17, 2005, 9:00 a.m. 12:00 noon

WHERE
Providence Public Safety Complex, 325 Washington Street, Providence, RI

Those interested in disaster training via these or other Red Cross courses, please contact Nick Logothets, Director of Emergency Services at 401-846-8100 / Cell: 401-413-5630 or [email protected]

Media inquiries please contact Angie Moncada, Director of Communications & Special Events at 401-831-7700 ext. 101 / Cell: 401-413-5640 or [email protected]

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