Community Disaster Response Services Training Initiative

Preparing South Carolina for the Psychosocial Consequences of All Hazards Disasters and other Public Health Emergencies

Disasters, acts of terrorism, and other public health emergencies can be devastating to psychological health. South Carolina’s mental health and public health communities recognize this and have joined with faith-based organizations and academia to develop and implement a comprehensive training and response team program - Community Disaster Response Services (CDRS). CDRS is designed to prepare a cadre of pastoral care, health care, behavioral health, and substance abuse professionals who can address the psychosocial needs of victims, first responders, and others impacted by an All Hazards disaster. 1062 participants have logged over 22,000 hours of training. These dedicated professionals are helping South Carolina maintain its national reputation as a leader in disaster preparedness and response.

CDRS CORE Partners

For more information, please contact:

Lisa Reece, MSW, LISW-CP/AP
University of South Carolina
College of Social Work
Columbia, SC 29208

Phone: 864-224-9540 (Anderson)
Fax: 864-225-5209


Columbia, SC 29208 • 803-777-7000 •