Disaster Case Management Committee

The goal of the Disaster Case Management committee is to empower and address the basic and recovery needs of individuals and families following the Marshall fire disaster by facilitating access to a broad range of resources. The committee will achieve this goal by respecting the variety of needs from those affected and matching the response appropriately. This includes partnering disaster survivors with case managers to develop and carry out a disaster recovery plan, as well as enabling local volunteers to assist community members to be aware of, and connect to, the resources made available by governmental and non-governmental organizations participating in the recovery. For those requiring more comprehensive case management, the process will involve assessing the client’s needs caused by and related to the disaster, developing a goal-oriented plan outlining the steps necessary for recovery, organizing and coordinating resources that match the client’s needs, monitoring progress, and – when necessary – advocating on behalf of the client. The intent is to establish these processes to be as efficient, consistent, and effective as possible.

The committee co-chairs are Katie Warning of Sister Carmen, and Ben Edelstein of Superior Rising
The committee meets Wednesdays at 3pm MT and includes the following participating organizations:

  • Administration for Children and Families
  • American Red Cross
  • Bethlehem Lutheran Church Longmont
  • Boulder County
  • Cajun Navy Ground Force
  • Catholic Charities
  • Christian Reformed Church
  • City of Louisville
  • DHSEM
  • FEMA
  • Jewish Family Services
  • Lutheran Family Services
  • Our Front Porch
  • Serve 6.8
  • Sister Carmen
  • Superior Rising
  • Team Rubicon
  • The Salvation Army
  • Town of Superior
  • United Policy Holders
  • United Way
  • World Renew

Current Priorities

  • Define the current state process to provide interim support for those in need pending funding for long term DCM. This includes connecting local community advocates with available services, as well as interim case management, prior to the establishment of a dedicated DCM team.
  • Define the framework for a long-term sustaining DCM program.
  • Secure funding for dedicated disaster case managers sufficient to meet the community’s needs.
  • Implement the DART case management module for consistent gathering, sharing and tracking of case information.

Status

  • Data load from mulitple agencies to DART DCM module is in progress. Crisis Cleanup data has been loaded, Red Cross data is in progress
  • Data sharing framework has been tentitively agreed and is to be documented and finalized over the next week. Client data release form has been reviewed and is to be formally adopted.
  • DCMP grant is being developed for March 31 submission deadline.
  • Agreed to framework for interim case support.
  • Neighbor Advocate program framework is defined. Working on detailed processes and training.
  • Local non-profit resource support has been reviewed in 211.
  • Next steps are to build out the detailed process for interim case work, including materials to support the local neighbor advocate.