The Terrorism and Disaster Coalition for Child and Family Resilience – Gulf Coast Coalition is among four coalitions in the U.S. that specifically addresses the consequences of terrorism acts and disasters on children and families. Its goal is to develop and adapt evidence-based, culturally relevant and diverse resources based on the expertise of its members.
The Gulf Coast Coalition is comprised of representatives from state agencies in Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida.
The National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative – Category II Treatment and Service Adaptation Center established the Gulf Coast Coalition in 2017. The Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center established the adaptation center through funding from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
Other coalitions established by the adaptation center are the Northeast Coalition (Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York), the Midwestern U.S. Coalition and the West Coast Coalition.
HHSC Disaster Behavioral Health-Coordination, Emergency and Risk Management, and the Office of Mental Health Coordination serve with representatives from partner agencies and organizations to collectively help communities become stronger and more resilient, with the specific focus on helping children and families successfully recover and move on with productive and healthy lives within a sustainable and resilient framework.