Disaster Crisis Outreach and Referral Team (DCORT)

The Disaster Crisis Outreach and Referral Team (DCORT) is a function of the Local MH/ID Administrative Office mandated by the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Service (OMHSAS).  The purpose of DCORT teams is to provide psychological and emotional support to victims and first responders following a natural or human-caused disaster or incident.  The team consists of members ranging from licensed counselors, mental health workers, educators, nurses, administrators and members of the community.

DCORT members receive ongoing training to prepare them to assist with the psychological needs of a community after an incident.  This may include meeting immediate needs such as “comfort provisions” for victims and responders, providing educational information regarding the emotional and psychological impact of an incident on individuals and communities, staffing Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) following an incident, and providing post-incident outreach and referral services to those affected by an incident.

The Venango County DCORT can be activated by calling the MH/ID office at (814) 432-9163.

Team is trained in the following:

DCORT, Psychological First Aid, NOVA, CISM