LESReady! is dedicated to assessing the unmet needs of the people affected by disasters and to assist in their recovery; utilizing disaster case management and the combined resources of the whole community partners of the Lower East Side Long Term Recovery Group. LESReady! Members will provide a locally-based Disaster Case Manager to serve as a single point of contact for those with unmet needs.
A Disaster Case Manager can assist families and individuals by:
- Offering information and referral services;
- Preparing a comprehensive assessment of client needs;
- Developing an individualized disaster recovery plan;
- Advocating to resolve unmet needs, assisting with appeals, and facilitating access to available benefits and services;
- Maintaining ongoing contact with clients;
- Initiating or participating in case conferencing where needed with other service providers.
The National Disaster Distress Helpline: Hurricane Sandy Resources
The National Disaster Distress Helpline (DDH), a program of the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and administered by the Mental Health Association of New York City (MHA-NYC), offers specialized crisis counseling and support for anyone in New York State struggling with emotional distress related to Hurricane Sandy. The DDH offers 24/7/365 toll-free, confidential and multi-lingual hotline and SMS, counseling, support, and referrals to local community-based resources for Sandy survivors, first responders, and anyone who may be experiencing ongoing distress, anxiety, substance abuse, suicidal thoughts/feelings and other mental health concerns. Calls and texts are answered by trained crisis counselors from a DDH-supported network of Sandy “Affected Area Centers” staffed by MHA-NYC and the Mental Health Association of New Jersey.
Phone: 1-800-985-5990 – multi-lingual (“Press 1” for Hurricane Sandy)
Text: “TalkWithUs” to 66746 for English and “Hablanos” to 66746