Disaster Crisis Outreach and Referral Team (DCORT)
WCSI has a group of 13 DCORT members that are trained specifically to respond to community disasters. DCORT members go through an intensive training process so they know how to help people through community crises, both large and small.
Some events the team have been deployed to include:
- Car accidents
- School response
- Tragic death or loss of life events
- Weather emergencies such as floods and tornadoes
Our DCORT trained staff can accompany FEMA, police departments or the American Red Cross depending on the type of event. When called to respond to a crisis situation, the team leader deploys members based on their level of training and experience. All members of the team volunteer their time and can be called out at a moment’s notice 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
If you could benefit from DCORT in response to a disaster or have questions regarding services that DCORT can offer, please call Westmoreland County Behavioral Health and Developmental Services Monday thru Friday 8:30am to 4:00pm at 724-830-3617 and after hours, weekends and holidays at 1-800-836-6010.
Local Interagency Coordinating Council (LICC)
The Westmoreland County Local Interagency Coordinating Council (LICC) seeks to ensure that all children and families in need of Early Intervention (EI) services are identified and helped, while improving the delivery of such services. The community based LICC is a fundamental component in the implementation and success of Pennsylvania’s comprehensive EI system.
- LICC gives families the opportunity to be involved in decisions that affect the programs in which their children participates
- LICC provides program options and choices available to young children and families
- LICC plans and supports educational programs for families and professionals
- LICC plans and support recreational activities for families
- LICC makes transitions smoother and easier for children and families
- LICC provides a place and time for families and providers to meet, talk and form partnerships
- LICC forms working committees to take on special projects
- LICC can voice our local concerns regarding laws, policies and procedures to the state level decision makers (i.e., the PA ICC, the PA Department of Human Services and the PA Department of Education)
- LICC facilitates coordination of services among providers
- LICC hosts training sessions throughout the year that give families, professionals, and educators the opportunity to discover Best Practices in Early Intervention