MN Behavioral Health Medical Reserve Corp Factsheet

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Behavioral Health Medical Reserve Corp

The Behavioral Health MRC is a statewide group of volunteer behavioral health specialists, whose mission is to support global resilience of individuals and communities, and the Incident Command System during disasters by providing expert skills in the area of behavioral health. Disasters in which the MN Behavioral Health MRC may be deployed include, but are not limited to, natural disasters, man-made accidents, bioterrorism, pandemics, school emergencies, and public health emergencies.

Some of the Services That Can Be Provided

  • Disaster Behavioral Health Risk Communication to assist development of disaster behavioral health messaging.
  • Disaster Education & Crisis Counseling (DCC) Services such as Psychological First Aid (PFA), Short term or long term 1-to-1 BH Counseling Services, Group BH Services, emotional support services and consultation for Emergency Responders.
  • Assistance Center (AC) for waiting family members and/or survivors of the disaster. Services include: Information Briefings, Psychological First Aid (PFA), Death Notification support, and linkage to community resources.
  • Behavioral Health Hot Line
  • Behavioral Health Outreach (BHO) for survivors without access to services and/or survivors who are not seeking services.


Behavioral Health MRC volunteers may currently work in, or be retired from mental/behavioral health, medical, or a community support service professions. Volunteers may be licensed or unlicensed mental health professionals, social workers, mental health counselors, school counselors, mental health case managers, substance abuse professionals, chaplains, psychiatric nurses, geriatric specialists, or they may come from a closely related community support service area.

All Behavioral Health MRC volunteers must possess skills that show expertise in mental/behavioral health crisis response, are knowledgeable about local and regional mental/behavioral health and disaster resources, and have the communication skills to coordinate with local mental/behavioral health agencies, other disaster responders, and community support services during community response and recovery.

Basic Volunteer Requirements

  • Must be an active member of your local MRC.
  • Must have completed the basic core competency training through their local MRC.
  • Must have all licensure verified and copies on file.
  • Pass a background study
  • Employment verification/Workforce check, if applicable.
  • Must be available to travel outside of your local MRC area.
  • Must complete all required training.

Interested in Joining the BH MRC?

Register at MN Responds:

Updated Friday, June 28, 2013 at 03:09PM