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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

At-Risk Individuals, Behavioral Health & Community Resilience (ABC)

The Division for At-Risk Individuals, Behavioral Health & Community Resilience (ABC) provides policy leadership, subject matter expertise, and coordination to internal and external partners to ensure that the access and functional needs of at-risk individuals, behavioral health, and community resilience are integrated in the public health and medical emergency preparedness, response, and recovery activities of the nation.  Learn More >>

Mother and son hugging   At Risk Individuals
Some individuals may have greater difficulty accessing the public health and medical services they require following a disaster or emergency. At-risk individuals have needs in one or more of the following functional areas: communication, maintaining health, independence, services and support, and transportation. Learn More >>
Woman looking relieved   Behavioral Health
Disaster behavioral health is the provision of mental health, substance abuse, and stress management services to disaster survivors and responders. Following an emergency event it is common for individuals and families, as well as disaster responders, to experience distress and anxiety about safety, health, and recovery. Learn More >>
Community coming together   Community Resilience
Resilient communities include healthy individuals, families, and communities with access to health care, both physical and psychological, and with the knowledge and resources to know what to do to care for themselves and others in both routine and emergency situations. Learn More >>
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ABC Resource Library
Find fact sheets, tools, videos, reports and other resources that support to help partners better meet the needs of at-risk individuals and support behavioral health and community resilience before, during and after a disaster.
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  • This page last reviewed: November 09, 2022