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Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Specific Information

American Psychiatric Association
This American Psychiatric Association page addresses the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster. Information includes links to general oil spill resources, as well as links addressing the psychosocial impact.
http://www.psych.org/Resources/DisasterPsychiatry/Current-Disasters/Oil-Spill.aspx

Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans
Catholic Charities collaborates with the wider community to serve those in need. Currently, Catholic Charities is reaching out by providing services for the fishermen of the impacted communities in the Gulf Coast. Information regarding the efforts and available resources related to the oil spill are located on their Web site. http://www.ccano.org/

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
This CDC page contains information on health surveillance and fact sheets in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese. http://emergency.cdc.gov/gulfoilspill2010

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
This NIOSH page provides information for oil spill response workers on protecting their health. Psychological hazards are also addressed.
http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/oilspillresponse/

Deepwater Horizon Response
This is the official Web site for the Deepwater Horizon Unified Command. It is maintained by the Unified Command's Joint Information Center (JIC), which provides the public with reliable, timely information about the response.
http://www.deepwaterhorizonresponse.com/go/site/2931/ 

Disaster Assistance
This Web site provides information on accessing disaster assistance for individuals, small businesses, and communities, including assistance information related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. It also provides news, information, and resources to prepare for disasters and to help keep families safe during an emergency and recover afterwards.
http://www.disasterassistance.gov/daip_en.portal

Greater New Orleans Foundation
The Greater New Orleans Foundation strives to address the needs of the community through collaborations with other organizations. The Greater New Orleans Foundation is working with fishing communities and the Vietnamese population following the oil spill and features a database created to collect monetary donations dedicated to those directly impacted. http://www.gnof.org/

Mary Queen of Vietnam Community Development Corporation, Inc. (MCVN)
This New Orleans based nonprofit has provided emergency relief assistance to over 3,000 Vietnamese American residents and advised over 1,000 communities on their specific concerns. With the current oil spill, MCVN is focusing on the rapidly approaching behavioral health concerns such as hopelessness, anxiety,  stress, anger, depression , and suicidal  thoughts. http://www.mqvncdc.org/index.php

National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)
The NCTSN raises the standard of care and increases access to services for traumatized children and their families across the United States. Included in the NCTSN are community-based service centers in the Gulf Coast region.
http://www.nctsn.org/

National Wildlife Federation (NWF)
The NWF developed a guide for how to talk to children about the Gulf Coast oil spill. Information is provided for techniques to use when speaking to children ages preschool/early elementary, upper elementary, and middle school and beyond.
http://www.nwf.org/Kids/Ranger-Rick/Parents-and-Educators/How-To-Talk-With-Kids-Gulf-Oil-Spill.aspx

Restore the Gulf
RestoretheGulf.gov is the official federal portal for the Deepwater BP oil spill response and recovery. This site provides the public with information on the response, current operations, news and updates, how to file a claim and obtain other assistance, and links to federal, state and local partners;
http://www.restorethegulf.gov

Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)
SBIRT is a comprehensive, integrated, public health approach to the delivery of early intervention and treatment services for persons with substance use disorders, as well as those who are at risk of developing these disorders. SBIRT services have been provided in response to disaster, including the 2005 Gulf Coast hurricanes. http://sbirt.samhsa.gov/

Social and Environmental Research Institute (SERI): Deepwater Horizon Leak and the Human Dimensions of Oil Spill and Spill Response
This SERI page contains links to materials from past and on-going SERI projects related to human impacts of oil spills and spill response. It contains a series of 2-page briefs meant to summarize a number of ways that previous spills have impacted people and their communities, including psychological and cultural impacts.
http://www.seri-us.org/projects/OilSpillImpacts.html

United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
This portion of the EPA's Web site is dedicated to its response to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in the Gulf Coast. http://www.epa.gov/bpspill/

U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
The HHS posted this oil spill health response page. It contains health-related information for coastal residents, response workers, and health professionals, as well as information on local resources. http://www.hhs.gov/gulfoilspill/

Vialink Oil Spill Information and Resources
This Web site serves New Orleans and the surrounding parishes. It serves as a resource center, provides access to crisis counseling and suicide intervention, and includes up-to-date information on the oil spill.
http://gno211.org/oilspill.php  

State/Local Resources

Options for Independence
Options for Independence is a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit social service agency with the goal of building better communities, one person at a time. Formed in 1992, Options for Independence has served as an integral part of our communities as we work to assist persons with disabilities to receive home- and community-based services to avoid the need for institutional care. 

St. Bernard Project
The mission of the St. Bernard Project is to create housing opportunities so that Hurricane Katrina survivors can return to their homes and communities. The St. Bernard Project, a nonprofit, community-based organization carries out its mission through three primary programs: Rebuilding Program, Center for Wellness and Mental Health and Opportunity Housing Program.

VIET-New Orleans
VIET works to develop educational and economic training programs and acts as a resource center. It aims to eliminate existing barriers between Vietnamese residents in New Orleans and English speaking citizens.

Ascension Parish Counseling Center
Ascension Counseling Center is a parish-funded agency that provides outpatient mental health and substance abuse treatment to Ascension parish residents.

For more information, contact Tatiyana Curry @ (225) 621-5775

Gulf Coast States

Alabama Department of Mental Health
Information on mental health and substance abuse services in Alabama is provided.http://www.alabama.gov/sliverheader/Welcome.do?url=http://www.mh.alabama.gov/

Florida's Deepwater Horizon Response Site
This Web site serves as the primary location for updates and information on response actions and impacts to the state of Florida. http://www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon/

Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, Office of Behavioral Health - Mental Health Services
Residents are encouraged to contact behavioral health providers listed here if they need help coping with the Gulf Coast oil rig explosion and spill. http://www.dhh.louisiana.gov/offices/?ID=62

Louisiana's Oil Spill Response Site
Resources and services for individuals impacted by the oils spill are described on this page, including mental health counseling and case management.
http://emergency.louisiana.gov/res_individuals.html

Mississippi Department of Mental Health Gulf Coast Oil Spill Information
This page provides information on coping with the stress of the Gulf Coast oil spill.
http://www.dmh.state.ms.us/disaster.htm

Texas Department of State Health Services
Information on mental health and substance abuse services in Texas is provided.
http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/default.shtm