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DETCOG Launches Hurricane Ike Management Program
Tyler County Booster - July 2009
Walter Diggles, Executive Director of the Deep East Texas Council of Governments (DETCOG) announces the start of a new program for the Deep East Texas region. The Hurricane Ike Disaster Case Management Pilot Project (DCM), funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the Texas Department of Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC), provides long-term disaster case management services to citizens affected by the devastation of Hurricane Ike. In December, 2008, The Texas Department of Health and Human Services issued a Request for Proposal for the establishment of a FEMA Disaster Case Management Pilot Program grant.
HHSC received twelve proposals in response to the solicitation. DETCOG is one of three Texas organizations awarded a grant. Lutheran Social Services Disaster Response, Inc. and Neighborhood Centers, Inc. are the other grant recipients. Each entity works independently in a defined geographic area to meet the grant’s objectives. There is a Memorandum of Understanding among the three groups to share client case data to prevent duplication of services.
The intent of the DCM Pilot Project is to provide needed long-term disaster case management services to persons impacted by Hurricane Ike, while also gathering best practices and data for HHSC and FEMA. The pilot program will assist in formulating a disaster case management model for future disasters as required under the Post Katrina Emergency Reform Act. Design and development of this disaster case management pilot model is rooted in a sound disaster case management component that is scalable to varying disasters and applicable to a large geographical area.
The Pilot Project will build upon the work of community and faith-based organizations that have been involved in disaster response and recovery along with local government organizations in the region. The DETCOG Pilot Program focuses specifically on long-term recovery disaster case management for households in the Deep East Texas region, including five additional counties to the north, that have been impacted by the effects of Hurricane Ike. DETCOG will serve persons affected by Hurricane Ike in the following seventeen counties: Angelina, Cherokee, Gregg, Harrison, Houston, Jasper, Nacogdoches, Newton, Polk, Rusk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby, Smith, Trinity, and Tyler.
DETCOG has opened ten satellite offices throughout the seventeen county area served by the Disaster Case Management Pilot Program. The offices are located in Jasper, Lufkin, Nacogdoches, Livingston, Woodville, Coldspring, Groveton, Buna, Hemphill, and Jacksonville. Each location is staffed by a disaster case management supervisor and a team of disaster case managers.
The DETCOG program has a two-fold goal of empowering clients to be proactive in their individual service plans and completion, and restoring the client to pre-hurricane conditions. Case managers will work with clients to develop a plan to restore them to pre-hurricane conditions, make referrals to service providers for housing, health issues, job training, financial counseling, transportation, and utility deposits or installation fees and other hurricane-generated needs, and advocate on behalf of clients. The grant-funded program does not provide funds for direct services. For additional information, please contact Mr. Walter Diggles, Executive Director of DETCOG, at 409-384-5704 or call 1-800-824-1388.