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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Health and Social Services Recovery Support Function

The mission of the Health and Social Services (H&SS) Recovery Support Function (RSF) is to assist locally-led recovery efforts in the restoration of the public health, healthcare and social services networks to promote the resilience, health and well-being of affected individuals and communities.
 
 
The core recovery capability for health and social services is to restore and improve H&SS systems to promote the resilience, health (including behavioral health), independence, and well-being of the whole community. Specifically, the Health and Social Services Recovery Support Function seeks to:
 
  • Restore the capacity and resilience of essential health and social services to meet ongoing and emerging post-disaster community needs.
  • Encourage behavioral health systems to meet the behavioral health needs of affected individuals, response and recovery workers, and the community.
  • Promote self-sufficiency and continuity of the health and well-being of affected individuals; particularly the needs of children, seniors, people living with disabilities whose members may have additional functional needs, people from diverse origins, people with limited English proficiency, and underserved populations.
  • Assist in the continuity of essential health and social services, including schools.
  • Reconnect displaced populations with essential health and social services.
  • Protect the health of the population and response and recovery workers from the longer term effects of a post-disaster environment.
  • Promote clear communications and public health messaging to provide accurate, appropriate and accessible information; ensure information is developed and disseminated in multiple mediums, multi-lingual formats, alternative formats, is age-appropriate and user-friendly and is accessible to underserved populations.

Pre-Disaster, H&SS RSF Activities

  • Incorporates planning for  the  transition from response to recovery into preparedness and operational plans, in close collaboration with ESFs #3, #6, # 8 and# 11.
  • Incorporates planning for the transition from post-incident recovery operations back  to a steady-state into preparedness and  operational plans.
  • Develops strategies to address recovery issues for health, behavioral health and social services- particularly the needs of response and recovery workers, children, seniors, people living with disabilities, people with functional needs, people from diverse cultural origins, people with limited English proficiency and underserved populations.
  • Promotes the principles of sustain ability, resilience and mitigation into preparedness and operational plans.

Post-Disaster H&SS RSF Activities:

  • Maintains situational awareness to identify and mitigate potential recovery obstacles during the  response phase.
  • Leverages response, emergency protection measures and hazard mitigation resources during the  response phase  to expedite recovery.
  • Provides technical assistance in the form of impact analyses and  supports recovery planning of public health, health care  and  human services infrastructure.
  • Conducts Federal Health and Social  Services RSF assessments with primary agencies.
  • Identifies and  coordinates Federal Health and  Social  Services RSF-specific missions with primary agencies
  • When activated by the FDRC, the primary and  supporting departments and agencies deploy in support of the  Health and  Social Services RSF mission, as appropriate.
  • Establishes communication and information-sharing forum(s) for Health and  Social Services RSF stakeholders with the  State and/or community.
  • Coordinates and leverages applicable Federal resources for  health and social services.
  • Develops and implements a plan to  transition from Federal Health and  Social Services recovery operations  back  to a steady-state.
  • Identifies and coordinates with other local, State,  Tribal  and  Federal partners to assess food, animal, water and  air conditions to ensure safety.
  • Evaluates the effectiveness of Federal Health and  Social Services recovery efforts.
  • Provides technical assistance in the form of impact analyses and  recovery planning support of public health, health care,  and human services infrastructure.
  • Identifies and coordinates with other local, State,  Tribal  and  Federal partners the assessment of food, animal, water and air conditions to ensure their safety.

Partner Agencies and Organizations

A variety of partner agencies and organizations play different roles in the implementation of H&SS RSF.  The Coordinating Agency, the Department of Health and Human Services, provides leadership, coordination and oversight, ensures ongoing communication and coordination between the primary agencies and support organizations, and between the Federal agencies and corresponding local, state, tribal,  territorial, insular area authorities and nonprofit and private sector organizations. 

An RSF Primary agency is a Federal agency with specific authorities, roles, resources or capabilities necessary for accomplishing the mission of the RSF. 

Supporting organizations are those entities with specific capabilities or resources that support accomplishing the mission of the RSF. 

 

​Coordinating Agency
​Primary Agency
​Support Organizations

  • This page last reviewed: June 01, 2017