Marion County Community Crisis Response Team
Our main purpose is to serve by invitation the survivors, witnesses and first responders  in a critical incident.   CCRT duties include assessment of need for services, individual crisis intervention services proximal to the event, and demobilization of first responder teams at shift change.   This team does voluntary homogeneous small group defusing (Immediate Small Group Support) and/or debriefing (Powerful Event Group Support) of affected civilians and first responders by CISM-trained mental health professionals and peers.  It also assists in large group crisis management briefings and follow-up. 

Intervention goals include mitigating symptoms, returning survivors to prior function and assessing heavily impacted individuals for a higher level of care.  Supportive, confidential groups are guided by International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF) guidelines and Disaster Behavioral Health First Aid Specialist Training(B-FAST), Disaster Behavioral Health First Aid Specialist Training Plus Special Needs Populations (B-FAST Plus SN), Disaster Behavioral Health First Aid Specialist Training with Children (C-FAST) and Disaster Behavioral Health First Aid Specialist Training for Responders (R-FAST) trained volunteers.  
This CCRT understands that violence, crime and trauma often affect entire communities. Its goal is to help these communities cope with violent and traumatic events. The term community includes towns, neighborhoods, schools, churches, companies, apartment complexes and other places where people interact.

Our CCRT is a multidisciplinary team composed of professionals from the fields of mental health, social service, medicine, criminal justice, religion, and education in Marion County. Team members include specialists in victimization, psychological trauma and crisis intervention, and have experience working with special populations such as children, minorities and the elderly. This expertise allows the CCRT to address the specific needs of individuals and communities affected.  It provides psychological first aid and short-term, emotional support services to community groups after crimes and other traumas.

CCRT crisis services may include any or all of the following:
* Consultation to communities as they plan and implement crisis response activities
    * Working with local social and mental health agencies and grassroots organizations to assess needs and develop appropriate interventions    
    * Voluntary defusing or  debriefing meetings for members of a traumatized community
    * Ten, 1.5 hour training sessions per year for service providers to learn the immediate and long-term psychological impact of trauma and the appropriate responses
    * Follow-up support and assistance

While it is impossible to name all of the events which might have a significant emotional impact on victims and significant others, the following types of situations may cause widespread trauma:
* Incidents that occur within communities in which people are strongly affiliated with each other; for example a school, workplace, or neighborhood
    * Incidents in which there are multiple direct victims and/or eyewitnesses
    * Incidents in which the direct victims have a special significance to the community affected, as may happen with the violent death of a child
    * Incidents which call for numerous emergency or rescue workers or which attract a great deal of media attention.

This CCRT, currently funded by its volunteer members, offers its services throughout Marion County by its membership in the Marion Citizens Corps Council. As a member of the Medical Reserve Corps and CISM of Florida, this CCRT could be called upon to respond to a regional, or even statewide emergency.
Marion County Community Crisis Response Team
(352) 843-0747
(352) 402-5160