Drew Klatte, Assistant Deputy Emergency Management and Response, Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction, presented Hamilton Center with the award for the support of the All Hazards Committee and commitment to disaster response since 2003. Hamilton Center has been the provider agency for a number of FEMA crisis counseling programs. In addition, several Hamilton Center staff played significant roles in the Hurricane Katrina response, including the Indiana Task Force deployment to Biloxi, Miss., and the Indiana Project Aftermath for Hurricane Katrina evacuees in Indiana.
Hamilton Center served as the fiscal and organizing agent for the state's first disaster response conference in 2006. Since then, Hamilton Center has had two staff members positioned as Team Leaders in District 5 (Boone, Johnson, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Marion, Morgan and Shelby), and District 7 (Vermillion, Parke, Putnam, Vigo, Clay, Owen, Sullivan, and Greene counties).
Those team leaders have been responsible for deploying members of their districts who have been trained in psychological first-aid to respond in natural and man-made disasters. Both District Teams responded to the summer storms of 2008 with several missions relating to tornadoes and flooding.
In addition to deployment, Hamilton Center, Inc., has a staff member who has recently become a member of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security's Indiana Mortuary Emergency Response Team, which will respond in the event of a mass fatality.
Several staff have participated in mass fatalities training, while one clinical staff member has facilitated several DMHA field training exercises. Hamilton Center has also been closely involved in Task Force 7, which is the inter-agency organization supporting the needs of First Responders throughout the west central Indiana region.