ACF Assists over 5000 individuals with Disaster Case Management in response to Hurricane/Tropical Storm Irene & Tropical Storm Lee

After eight months, ACF Disaster Case Management operations in the State of New York have come to a close. The Region II Regional Emergency Management Specialist (REMS), Glen Karpovich, was the lead ACF Liaison for the new Disaster Case Management Program (DCMP) in the Albany Joint Field Office (JFO) for Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.  From October 2011 to June 2012 ACF/OHSEPR provided disaster services to over 5,000 individuals, utilizing case management teams provided by ACF’s national contractor Catholic Charities USA and by deployed assets of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. The DCM services that were provided assisted individuals with disaster caused unmet needs. Each eligible applicant was assigned a disaster case manager who assisted the client in developing and individualized recovery plan, and assisted clients to access a range of services to address disaster-caused unmet needs.  The Federal DCM mission concluded, transitioning responsibility for open cases to a New York State-led mission funded with a grant from FEMA.  The New York flooding mission was the largest use of the DCMP since its existence. For Glen’s work in the Albany JFO, he received the HHS Region II Regional Director’s Award for Excellence as well as letters from Secretary Sebelius and Acting Assistant Secretary Sheldon.