New Hampshire Disaster Behavioral Health Response Teams (DBHRT)


What is DBHRT?

DBHRT is a team of behavioral health volunteers who respond to the mental health needs of New Hampshire residents and responders following disasters and critical incidents. There are five regional disaster behavioral health response teams which can be deployed immediately anywhere in the state. These teams respond when local behavioral health resources have been depleted or are overwhelmed. Over 800 Behavioral Health Response Team members have completed specialized training in basic disaster behavioral health response. Team members operate under the supervision of DHHS’s Disaster Behavioral Health Coordinator, receive ongoing training and participate in community/statewide drills and exercises. Most training opportunities are offered free of charge and CEU`s for licensed behavioral health professionals are made available.

What Services Does DBHRT Provide?

The DBHRTs provide interventions that may be delivered at a disaster site, in an affected community, or statewide. The phases and interventions include: 

  • Behavioral Health Needs Assessment
  • Psychological First Aid
  • Crisis Incident Stress Management
  • Community Outreach
  • Public Information and Education
  • Behavioral Health Consultation
  • Brief Supportive Counseling
  • Screening and Referral
  • Support Groups
  • Specialized Training Initiatives for team members and community partners



For information contact Jennifer Schirmer,
Disaster Behavioral Health Coordinator, Jennifer.Schirmer@dhhs.state.nh.us  (603) 271-9454