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Planning for Psychiatric Patient Movement During Emergencies and Disasters

Feb 12, 2013

A new resource from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) identifies basic considerations to assist public health and medical planners to prepare for the movement of psychiatric patients in the event of a disaster and to guide responders and care providers during psychiatric patient movement. Differences in State and local laws, regulations, and requirements will need to be considered when conducting planning for movement or evacuation of psychiatric patients. Please note that this document addresses patients of psychiatric facilities or units (rather than residents of community programs). For more information, click here.