If you are interested in being a mental health volunteer for victims of Hurricane Harvey, here is some info to know from Pat Grajkowski:
Volunteering for the Red Cross can be done online - go to redcross.org and follow the prompts. A background check is required and that can be completed online as well.
The current licensure requirements for Disaster Mental Health are as follows: LPC, LPC-I, LMFT, LMFT-A, LCSW, LMSW, Psychologist.
All who complete the online requirements should also bring along a copy of their license. Austin area EBVs should go to the Convention Center and follow the Red Cross signs.
Event Based Volunteers (EBV) are needed in the Austin, San Antonio, and Houston areas - asmany as are willing to help. Recovery from this disaster is going to take a very long time. If you can give a few days or however long, it will certainly be appreciated. Also, if you know of anyone else who might be willing to volunteer - not necessarily for Disaster Mental Health, please encourage them to go to redcross.org to sign up. There are many areas where volunteers are needed.
Right now at the Austin Convention Center, preparations are being made to shelter over 7,000 people! There are additionalshelters opened all over the the impacted and surrounding areas.
WE NEED EVERYONE WHO IS WILLING AND ABLE TO HELP OUR TRAUMATIZED SISTERS AND BROTHERS-WE ARE ALL CONNECTED!!!