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Disaster Mental Health Volunteer Application- CT (Adult age 18 and over)
This application section is for licensed or certified mental health professionals only. You must meet all eligibility requirements to serve as a Red Cross Disaster Mental Health volunteer.
Upon submitting this application, you will be required to view an online orientation and register for American Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Training; a one day accelerated opportunity to complete the entire intake and training process. To register for training, login to your Volunteer Connection profile, toggle, "My Shifts" at the top of the page, and select, "Disaster Mental Health Volunteer Training." Upon completion of training, you will be prepared to begin volunteering during a disaster response.
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 U.S. territory licensing board.
Note: A state certification is allowable as noted in criteria b shown below.
In addition to the requirements above, the individual must:
- Have an independent license (license to practice without supervision) and master’s degree as a clinical social worker, psychologist, professional counselor, marriage and family therapist, psychiatric nurse, or psychiatrist OR
- 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
- Have a state license and a bachelor’s degree (BSN) as a registered nurse and American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) certification for psychiatric and mental health nursing to include RN-BC or PMHNP-BC or PMHCNS-BC.
DMH professionals are expected to work within their areas of competence when serving the American Red Cross. The licensing of mental health professionals is determined by individual states or U.S. territories whose regulations must be followed by the Red Cross. Chapters are encouraged to solicit the assistance of a DMH volunteer or mental health consultant to help interpret those regulations.
Welcome to the American Red Cross Connecticut and Rhode Island Region, where you can make a difference in someone's life every day. Thank you for making the decision to become part of a life-changing experience.
Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the American Red Cross. We look forward to seeing you soon!"
After you have submitted your application, you will receive an email with instructions for logging into your Volunteer Connection account. On the Home page of your account, you will find the necessary steps to complete to be eligible to volunteer. You must log into your account to continue the process.
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