Disaster Mental Health Volunteer Orientation and Training
Thank you for your interest in serving with the American Red Cross as a Disaster Mental Health volunteer.
IMPORTANT NOTE: This application is only for residents of Connecticut and Rhode Island who meet American Red Cross credentialing and licensing requirements for Disaster Mental Health volunteers. If you are not a Connecticut or Rhode Island resident, please go to www.redcross.org to identify your local chapter.
REQUIREMENTS: To be eligible as a Disaster Mental Health volunteer for either local or national relief operations, an individual must have an active, unencumbered and unrestricted state license issued by a state or
NOTE: A state certification is allowable as noted in criterion b. shown below.
In addition to the requirements above, the individual must:
- a) Have an independent license (license to practice without supervision) and a master’s degree as a clinical social worker, psychologist, professional counselor, marriage and family therapist, psychiatric nurse, or psychiatrist OR
- b) Have a state license or state certification and master’s degree as a school psychologist or school counselor issued by a state board of education (this is an expansion to the DMH eligibility requirements cited in 2008) OR
- c) Have a state license and a bachelor’s degree (BSN) as a registered nurse and
certification for psychiatric and mental health nursing to include RN-BC or PMHNP-BC or PMHCNS-BC. American Nurses Credentialing Center
NOTE: Graduate student teams are eligible to work in DMH. Details are available upon request.
IF YOU MEET THE ABOVE REQUIREMENTS: Please complete the following application form. After submitting the form, you will receive an email from Volunteer Connection with instructions for logging into your personal account (you must do so to continue the process.) On your Home page, you will find the steps to become eligible for Red Cross volunteering.
If you need FAQ for professional education and licensing/certification requirements, or if you need assistance, please contact Sandy.Murdoch@redcross.org. We look forward to seeing you soon. Thank you.