In the News: Disaster Behavioral Health Training prepares tomorrow’s workforce

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Brian Bouchard, of NewsSource8, WAGM, did a story this week about an initiative at the University of Maine at Fort Kent to better prepare students when they enter the workforce to render aid in the aftermath of a crisis. This collaboration between UMFK, Aroostook Emergency Management Agency and AdCare Educational Institute of Maine provides comprehensive Disaster Behavioral Health response training and certification to students in the Behavioral Science, Nursing and Public Safety programs.

The timing of this training couldn’t be more appropriate given that September is National Preparedness Month, an annual observance to raise awareness about the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies that could happen at any time. The Disaster Behavioral Health staff at AdCare Educational Institute of Maine and the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention work year-round to coordinate and maintain initiatives, activities, trainings and resources to prepare responders to address individuals’ needs in the aftermath of a crisis.

Watch the WAGM segment at:

For more information about the Maine Disaster Behavioral Health program, visit