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Mental health in California has been facing an unprecedented crisis throughout 2020 and 2021 as a result of the COVID pandemic. Hundreds of thousands of Americans have lost their lives, and many more have had to cope with the loss of loved ones. Economic hardship is widespread and people are struggling with unprecedented stress. This is why California State has enacted the FEMA Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program to make mental health resources available to communities throughout California.

What Kind of Resources Are Available?

While California and BeWellLine are administering the FEMA Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program, FEMA provides funding and outlines the scope of the program. A related web page on Benefits.gov lays out the basic goals and scope of the program as such:

“The Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program (CCP) assists individuals and communities in recovering from the effects of a Presidentially declared major disaster through community-based outreach and psycho-educational services.

The CCP supports short-term interventions that involve the counseling goals of assisting disaster survivors in understanding their current situation and reactions, mitigating stress, assisting survivors in reviewing their disaster recovery options, promoting the use or development of coping strategies, providing emotional support, and encouraging linkages with other individuals and agencies who may help survivors in their recovery process.”

There are limits to the program, and it’s only a short-term solution. However, these short-term interventions can make a world of difference for people struggling without the support they need. At BeWellLine, we interpret the FEMA guidelines to provide every California resident with up to six counseling sessions via their choice of phone, text chat, or web conferences. These counseling sessions involve a variety of resources, such as:

  • Attentive, empathetic listening as you tell your story if you wish to do so
  • Lifestyle guidance on how to maintain your mental and physical health amidst the current crisis
  • Support from case managers, community mental health workers, and your own peers
  • Advice on the challenging transition to work-from-home
  • Suggestions on coping with the loss and hardship that you’ve suffered as a result of the pandemic

Our teams are diverse and locally based; they’re culturally sensitive, and your COVID-era struggles have been theirs as well in many ways. BeWellLine is well-prepared to connect California communities and individuals to the emotional, mental-health, and crisis-management support services they need.

Get the Help You Need

Do you have more questions about either BeWellLine or the FEMA Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program? If so, you’re in the right place to have them answered. We have a great deal of information available for you here on our website, as well as representatives and experts who are ready to find the answers to your questions. You might also look for information at Benefits.gov, the FEMA website, or SAMHSA.gov.

But if all that you need is accessible, community-based mental health care and counseling, look no further. BeWellLine is working to administer care through FEMA CCP to people throughout California. Get in touch with us today to get started on receiving the crisis support you need to make it through this pandemic.

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