How to apply...
Upon Federal declaration of a major disaster, the Governor's Authorized Representative must submit an application for the Immediate Services Crisis Counseling Program to the Regional Director of FEMA no later than 14 days following the declaration. The application for the Regular Services Crisis Counseling Program must be submitted by the Governor's Authorized Representative to the Regional Director, and simultaneously to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), no later than 60 days following the declaration.
Note: Each program will indicate whether applications are to be submitted to the Federal headquarters, regional or local office, or to a State or local government office.
Funds are allocated from the President's Disaster Relief Fund. The FEMA Regional Director approves Immediate Services Crisis Counseling Program grants from this allocation on the basis of the project application. Funds are awarded to State offices of emergency management, which are responsible for distributing funds to State mental health or other agency or organization identified by the Governor. The FEMA Recovery Division Director approves Regular Services Crisis Counseling Program grants upon consideration of the recommendation for approval or disapproval from the Regional Director and the DHHS. Funds are awarded to DHHS who then awards the State.
Note: Grant payments may be made by a letter of credit, advance by Treasury check, or reimbursement by Treasury check.
Awards may be made by the headquarters office directly to the applicant, an agency field office, a regional office,
or by an authorized county office. The assistance may pass through the initial applicant for further distribution by
intermediate level applicants to groups or individuals in the private sector.