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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services offers several resources for persons affected by Hurricane Katrina and health care providers.  For a summary of federal payments available for evacuee care and rebuilding health care infrastructure, click here. 

 

The Mississippi Department of Human Services was designated by Governor Barbour as the state agency responsible to receive and distribute Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) funds.  More than $128 million in SSBG funds were made available through a Supplemental Appropriation bill for Katrina relief.  These funds will be used for social services including health services, mental health services, repairs, renovation and construction of health and mental health facilities related to the consequences of Hurricane Katrina.  State and local government agencies, municipalities, counties, private non-profit and private for profit entities are eligible for funding. 


Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Individual Assistance grants can be used to cover medical and dental expenses. 

 

KatrinaHealth.org is an online service to help individuals affected by Hurricane Katrina work with their health professionals to gain access to their own electronic prescription medication records.


The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation offers Patient Services Grants, which are intended to enable nonprofit institutions and providers of breast cancer care responding to displaced populations to maintain breast cancer services. 

 

Mental Health

 

The Mississippi Department of Mental Health has created Project Recovery to assist individuals in coping with the stress caused by Hurricane Katrina.

 

Project Recovery provides free counseling services through community outreach, public education and information and referral.  The services are available to people affected directly or indirectly by Hurricane Katrina.


Project Recovery staff are available to individuals, families, community groups, businesses and service organizations at no charge for the purpose of realizing wholeness and coping with the devastation of the hurricane. 

 

The Mississippi Department of Human Services was designated by Governor Barbour as the state agency responsible to receive and distribute Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) funds.  More than $128 million in SSBG funds were made available through a Supplemental Appropriation bill for Katrina relief.  These funds will be used for social services including health services, mental health services, repairs, renovation and construction of health and mental health facilities related to the consequences of Hurricane Katrina.  State and local government agencies, municipalities, counties, private non-profit and private for profit entities are eligible for funding.  Click here to view an application or learn more about how to apply for SSBG funds. 


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration offers information on issues concerning mental health after natural disasters. 

 

Child Care

 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has information concerning children’s services for persons affected by Hurricane Katrina.  The Administration for Children and Families also has several resources for children’s services.

 

The Mississippi Department of Human Services was designated by Governor Barbour as the state agency responsible to receive and distribute Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) funds.  More than $128 million in SSBG funds were made available through a Supplemental Appropriation bill for Katrina relief.  These funds will be used for social services including child care services.  State and local government agencies, municipalities, counties, private non-profit and private for profit entities are eligible for funding.  Click here to view an application or learn more about how to apply for SSBG funds. 

 

The Freddie Mac Foundation has created the Katrina Fund for Foster Children to meet the needs of foster children, foster parents and the organizations that support them.