By Marielle Segarra
Providence, R.I. – Rhode Island is getting almost 2 million dollars for flood-related crisis counseling from the Federal Emergency Management Administration, or FEMA. The grant will go towards an initiative called Rhode Island Hope, Helping Other People in Emergencies.
The state Department of Behavioral Health, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals will use the initiative to help residents cope with their losses.
Rhode Island Hope crisis counselors will enter the homes, schools, doctors' offices, churches and other centers in communities affected by the historic March floods. Its outreach workers will also go door-to-door in these towns and hold events to reach out to flood victims with symptoms of acute stress and depression.