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The Arkansas Crisis Response Team (ARCRT) is an all volunteer statewide non-profit, multi-disciplinary group of professionals dedicated to providing crisis intervention to victims in the aftermath of a community mass causality.
To provide emotional support to victims, survivors, caregivers, and first responders in the aftermath of a natural or or human [manmade] disaster.
(1) to support existing local resources and grassroots crisis response teams, (2) to assist with training and continuing education, (3) to provide trained crisis responders when requested to Arkansas communities and (4) to provide trained crisis responders to national disaster sites when requested.
For the latest Arkansas disaster updates, log on to the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management Situation Summary posted on: ADEM webpage.
Congratulations to New Board Members: Jan Thames and Jay Winters
Jan is Operations Director for Little Rock Community Mental Health.
Jay is Director of Arkansas Crime Information Center.
Save the Date
April 2 – 3, 2013 – Basis Crisis Response Team Training
Hosted by: Arkansas Hospital Association
Go to the Calendar Tab for more information.
Members be sure to keep your profile updated.
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|“As a Board member, I often seek interventions for my firefighters. AR-CRT responded to chemical spills, an airplane crash, numerous car crashes and structural fires with deaths. The multi-disciplinary volunteers provide “emotional first aid’ in a timely, confidential and effective manner. It is all about listening – really listening to those who are suffering – whether victim or first responder – so they can go forward in their lives.” |
Bart Castleberry, Fire Chief
Conway Fire Department, Arkansas
“The Faulty and Staff of Mena Middle School would like to express our appreciation and heartfelt thanks to each member of the Arkansas Crisis Response Team. Recognizing our physical and mental exhaustion as well as our anger, frustration and general feeling of profound loss, you helped us find our strength and purpose. You are incredible group of caring people.”
School Faculty, Mena Middle School
Mena School District, Arkansas
“I want to personally thank each of the AR-CRT members that responded. Having access to information and support when an organization is dealing with the loss of a co-worker is invaluable. Thank you for volunteering your time during our time of need. God bless your organization.”
Metro Area Hospital, Staff Member
Arkansas Hospital Association
“Being a part of the Arkansas Crisis Response Team has been beneficial to me in so many ways. Not only in my professional life, but also my personal life. This training has been an extremely useful tool in assisting to better prepare me on how to deal with not only devestated victims, but day to day operations, and life in general. I'm very excited to be a part of this Great organization!”
Shelia Maxwell, Director
Faulkner County Office of Emergency Management
“One of the strengths the AR-CRT brings to its work with victims is its interdisciplinary membership, drawing on the skills and gifts of many people bringing their professional expertise to the scene of a crisis. As a physician, there is a niche for my skills in this team effort that complements the others and it gets me back to my roots in medicine — roots that involve listening to the person in front of me.”
Steven L. Thomason, M.Div., Medical Director
Northwest Arkansas Circle of Life Hospice, Springdale, AR
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