In response to several disasters of major proportion in Kentucky in the
late 1980s, the Kentucky Department for Mental Health and Mental Retardation Services (DMHMRS) called a meeting of representatives from all key responding agencies in cases of crisis and disaster. The development of the Kentucky Post-Trauma Response Team (PTRT) was initiated in
September 1990. The team's primary purpose was to mitigate the impact of crisis and disaster by providing support (via defusing, debriefing, training, consultation, etc.) to communities and emergency responders whose lives are impacted by the effects of trauma. In
fiscal year 1994, DMHMRS, in conjunction with Bluegrass Regional Mental Health Mental Retardation Boards, Inc., employed a full-time staff person to work with the board of the Kentucky Community Crisis Response Team (KCCRT), formerly known as the PTRT.
1996 General Assembly, through the passage of Senate Bill 112, established the Kentucky Community Crisis Response Board (KCCRB) as a separate administrative body of state government. Governor appointed the members of the Board in July 1996.
April 1, 1997
The office of the Kentucky Community Crisis Response Board opened in the midst of responding to Flood of 1997. 90 of 120 Counties were impacted.
1998 General Assembly, through the passage of House Bill 356, transferred the Office of the Kentucky Community Crisis Response to the Department of Military Affairs and attached it directly under the Adjutant General to provide administrative services for the KCCRB. Spring 1998 Survey of School Plans - KCCRB and Kentucky Department of Education (KDE), surveyed all Kentucky school districts’ plans for crisis response and recovery. Outcomes of the survey fostered ongoing collaboration among KCCRB, KDE and Kentucky’s Center for School Safety (CSS).
January of 2000 a task force was forged among: KCCRB, KDE, CSS, Kentucky State Police, KY Department of Emergency Management and Local school district representatives. Out of the task force rose the development of School Centered Emergency Management and Recovery Guide to assist local school districts in reviewing their plans, training school personnel and forging partnerships in preparedness, management, and the promotion of recovery.
The “School-Centered Emergency Management & Recovery Guide” developed and distributed to school systems statewide. KCCRB trained over eighty GRREC School Personnel, some of whom became part of first statewide Recognized School Team in Kentucky.
There was the development of the Law Enforcement Peer Team and Law Enforcement Family Support Teams. In 2001, KCCRB funded by CDC/Department for Public Health for Psychological response readiness for first responders & public health and local workforce awareness training in psychological impact of terrorism and disasters.
Established a working relationship with all behavioral health centers around the state planning to deliver outreach disaster behavioral health services in order to: Insure statewide coordination of local/regional disaster behavioral health assets and provide pre-incident planning prior to a disaster.
The 2023 General Assembly, through the passage of House Bill 226, transferred the Office of the Kentucky Community Crisis Response to the discretion of the Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Identities and officially dissolved the Kentucky Comunity Crisis Response Board to become the Kentucky Community Crisis Response Team.