Expert Panel Meeting
The cornerstone of the After the Crisis initiative was the convening of a national expert panel to discuss the issues, set priorities and develop action steps for achieving the goals of the initiative. In April 2006, CMHS sponsored this meeting, bringing together representatives from across the country. Among the participants were key stakeholder representatives from disaster preparedness and peer run programs, who, along with consumers and community mental health and criminal justice system representatives, planned and developed a national “Blueprint for Action”. A participant list from the Expert Panel Meeting may be found here. The majority of panelists remain dedicated members of the After the Crisis initiative.
The resource papers and issue briefs from the Expert Panel Meeting are now available:
Criminal Justice Systems Issues and Response in Times of Disaster
From Relief to Recovery: Peer Support by Consumers Relieves the Traumas of Disasters and Recovery from Mental Illness
Trauma and Retraumatization
Victims of Violence in Times of Disaster or Emergency
To date, the expert panelists from the April 2006 meeting have formed a working consortium, the activities of which are targeted toward creating change and building disaster response capacity. Coordinated by leadership from the GAINS Center, through communication and planning tools such as an initiative listserv, bi-weekly planning conference calls, workgroup conference calls, and continuous circulation and updating of the national “Blueprint for Action”, specific accomplishments have included: (1) development of the issue papers and fact sheets listed above; (2) formation of innovative partnerships with consumer peer specialist groups and a variety of organizations and agencies; (3) creation of a Resource and Funding Matrix of potential National Network public and private partners; and (4) development of core principles to inform the future development of a national peer support and response model.