Washington County Crisis Response Team
Miriam Keith or Hilles Hughes
The WCCRT is a collaborative effort of volunteers with a rich diversity of personal experience and professional skills, backgrounds and expertise available to provide supportive services to agencies, businesses and/or individuals in Washington County who have experienced a traumatic event. The primary role of the WCCRT is to: Support people impacted by a sudden and/or traumatic loss or event with immediate needs to regain a sense of control over their lives and to promote individual and community healing.
What is a sudden and/or traumatic event?
(can include non-fatal events)
Completed Suicide- Confirmed and Non-confirmed
Drug Overdose – Intentional and Unintentional
Fatal Car/ATV/Snowmobile Accidents
Exposure to Violence or Traumatic Event
The WCCRT firmly believes that individuals are resilient and that if offered support, interventions and/or information, most individuals affected by a traumatic loss can heal without formal counseling or interventions. By responding to a request, the WCCRT seeks to reduce the often overwhelming feelings of helplessness, confusion, and heightened anxiety that is normal following a traumatic loss or event.
The WCCRT is on call seven days a week throughout the year for events occurring in Washington County. Any member of the community, agency representative, police jurisdiction, fire department, hospital, school, faith-based organization or other organization can call to invite a response by the team. Activation begins with a discussion between the person requesting support and the WCBHB staff to determine the specific level of response.
Response activities may include the following:
The team will not be providing therapy or clinical interventions
- Direct Intervention:
Facilitated small group discussions
- Indirect Intervention:
Problem solving and practical assistance
Emailing resources and supports
Recovery is Beautiful Scholarship Program
The purpose of this program is to support workforce development in areas with an identified shortage of highly qualified providers of behavioral health services in Washington County. Specifically, this program provides scholarships to assist students who are pursuing an undergraduate or advanced degree in Social Work, Counseling, or Addiction. The Executive Director shall establish an online application process and a selection committee to choose and manage scholarship recipients.
Master’s Level Program
2 years for $5,000/year—requires practicum, internship, and 3 years of post-graduation employment in Washington County with one of the board’s behavioral health providers.
Bachelor’s Level Program
2 years for $2,500/year (junior and senior year)—requires internship and 2 years of post-graduation employment in Washington County with one of the board’s behavioral health providers.
- Washington County resident
- Online application
- One letter of recommendation
- Must be pursuing either an undergraduate or advanced degree in Social Work, Counseling, or Addiction
- Must be willing to do their required experiential learning (internships, practicum) at one of the behavioral health providers in Washington County
- Must be willing to stay in Washington County and be employed at one of the behavioral health providers for the term required (3 years for Master’s level scholarship and 2 years for Bachelor’s level scholarship)
Once accepted, the recipient(s) must maintain a 3.0 GPA and be willing to attend Washington County Behavioral Health Board meetings on a quarterly basis.