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ORGANIZATION: American Red Cross - Pacific Islands Region

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Disaster Mental Health Responder

Provide a timely response to disaster incidents in the county and to ensure the mental health services needs of Red Cross clients and workers are addressed. The mission of Disaster Mental Health is to provide for and respond to the psychosocial needs.

Disaster Mental Health personnel may provide the following services on the scene of a response:

  • Psychological triage, crisis intervention, psychological support, instrumental support (i.e. taking action in supporting an individual).
  • Advocacy (i.e. an intervention made on behalf of an individual and intended to benefit the person or cause being supported)
  • Problem solving; Education, Referrals, Supervision and support to Red Cross workers providing Psychological First Aid
  • Monitoring and alleviated organizational stress; causality support.
  • Disaster Mental Health workers may also be asked to make follow up calls to disaster clients as necessary to ensure all mental health related needs are met.

Key Responsibilities Respond to the scene of small local disasters such as home fires to address the health services needs of those impacted. Customer Service focus

  1. Provide Disaster Mental Health interventions to clients impacted by a disaster.
  2. Participate in relevant meetings and activities as a member of the Disaster Mental Health chapter team.
  3. Participate in preparedness efforts, such as the Home Fire Campaign or community disaster education.
  4. Help facilitate long-term recovery for clients impacted by disaster.
  5. Assist the chapter in developing partnerships with local mental health agencies.
  6. Support other disaster responders before, during and after disaster response using staff mental health strategies.

Position is available to:


  • At minimum, holds a master’s degree in one of the mental health professions listed below; and
  • Holds a current, unencumbered license from, or is registered with, any U.S. state or territory as a social worker, psychologist, professional counselor, marriage and family therapist, or psychiatrist (any level license/registration, including non-clinical licenses such as Licensed Masters Social Worker or LMSW)


  • At minimum, holds a master’s degree in school psychology or school counseling; and
  • Holds a current, unexpired license or certification as a school psychologist or school counselor issued by a state board of education.


  • Have a state license as a registered nurse; and
  • Have a minimum of 2 years’ experience working in a psychiatric setting, verified by a letter from a current or previous employer.


  • Meet the above educational criteria for specified profession; and
  • Held a license (any level license) from any U.S. state or territory as a social worker, psychologist, professional counselor, marriage and family therapist, psychiatric nurse or psychiatrist, or a certificate as a school psychologist or school counselor, within the 5 years* prior to on-boarding as a Disaster Mental Health worker; and
  • Maintained a license or certification in good standing upon retirement and without any disciplinary action taken by the issuing U.S. state or territory licensing or certification board.

Safety First! Our need for volunteers is constant and our guidelines reflect the latest CDC safety recommendations and follow the national and local government laws. COVID-19 vaccination is strongly encouraged and is required for in-person volunteer roles.

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About American Red Cross - Pacific Islands Region


4155 Diamond Head Road, Honolulu, HI 96816, US

Mission Statement

The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.


Every single day, the American Red Cross helps people in emergencies. Whether itメs one displaced family, thousands of disaster victims, or providing care and comfort to an ill or injured service member or veteran or support to a military family member, our vital work is made possible by people like you. It is through the time and care of ordinary people that we can do extraordinary things.


Crisis Support
Disaster Relief
Health & Medicine
Crisis Support, Disaster Relief, Health & Medicine


We'll work with your schedule.


Multiple locations Lanai City, HI 96763



  • Disaster Response
  • Mental Health
  • Psychology
  • Disaster Relief Care & Shelters
  • Bereavement Support
  • Counseling / Mental Health


  • People 55+


  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Varies depending on events. Lanai is not a particularly busy area, so actual response may be limited to a few times a year. Each event (ie home fire) response could vary between 1-10hrs
  • 18yrs+, English speaking, reliable computer and internet access, computer literate and willing to take online training courses, available to be on call for days at a time in 6hr on call shift increments, calm under pressure, excellent communication

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