What is the Keystone Disaster Spiritual Care Network?
The Keystone Disaster Spiritual Care Network (KDSCN) will provide spiritual care to persons affected by natural disaster or terrorist activity within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. A service of the Pennsylvania Behavioral Health Crisis Response Advisory Consortium, KDSCN was founded in 2014 after years of planning. It reflects the oft-demonstrated concern that residents of Pennsylvania have for one another, especially during very difficult times following a disaster. Built upon the belief that friends and neighbors can truly help one another in these difficult circumstances, KDSCN will train, credential, and support those who wish to help fellow their Pennsylvanians. KDSCN will offer spiritual care support that reflect the highest standards within the field of Disaster Spiritual Care.
What is the Pennsylvania Behavioral Health Crisis Response Advisory Consortium?
The Pennsylvania Behavioral Health Crisis Response Advisory Consortium (PBHCRAC) was formed in early 2006 to improve communication between responding entities in various future state crises. Its purpose is to provide counsel and guidance to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, in order to ensure that an infrastructure exists to effectively respond to the behavioral health needs of individuals impacted in any way by a natural or human-made disaster. In addition, the Consortium is charged to foster collaboration between each of the disciplines involved in Behavioral Health Disaster Response. It identifies overarching policy issues and makes recommendations for effective change.
It advises the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Department of Public Welfare/Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS), Department of Health/Bureau of Public Health Preparedness, and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, and county governments on matters related to prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery issues involved in emergency and crisis behavioral health responses, including but not limited to training of responders, best practice models of response, etc.