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Crisis Counseling Available for Katrina Evacuees

News Release
August 29, 2006

Katrina evacuees in Texas experiencing anxiety, anger, depression, insomnia, suicidal thoughts or other mental health problems triggered by the one-year anniversary of the hurricane's landfall and media retrospective reports of that disaster may call a Texas Department of State Health Services toll-free number, 1-866-773-4243, for assistance.

The toll-free service is part of a crisis counseling program administered by DSHS and funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Counselors answering the hotline number can arrange for in-person services through local mental health and mental retardation centers around the state.

The program covers short-term intervention counseling and education services but does not pay for hospitalizations or other long-term mental health treatments.

The program was implemented in early September 2005 and provides similar services for those affected by Hurricane Rita.

A recent Gallup survey conducted for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission found that 251,000 Hurricane Katrina survivors remain in Texas.


( News Media: for more information contact Doug McBride, DSHS Press Officer, 512-458-7524.)

Last updated February 7, 2011