Welcome to the Oklahoma Crisis Response Network

The Oklahoma Crisis Response Network provides crisis response teams and Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) teams for Law Enforcement, Fire & Rescue, EMS, and Schools.

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About OKCISM.org

Mission Statement

The Oklahoma Crisis Response Network here at Oklahoma Critical Incident Stress Management maintains a State-wide network of trained professional & volunteer responders providing a multi-component crisis intervention service and deploys rapid response teams to crisis sites. A 24-hour access phone number, 405.570.6080, is maintained to field requests for a response. These incident responses include responding to crisis' with Law Enforcement, Fire, EMS, and Schools as invited.

Teams applying for membership must meet the following requirements:
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  1. A. Teams must be volunteers indorsed by a law enforcement agency, fire department, school district, emergency medical service or hospital.
  2. B.  Each team must have trained peers and a mental health professional.          
  3. C.  Each team member must receive training from an ICISF approved trainer completing a minimum of  one 14-hour training class.
  4. D.  Each team must complete a written membership application listing team members names and primary service area.               
  5. E.  All Group CISM training must follow the Network training requirements.          
  6. F.  A mental health professional must be included in all debriefings.          
  7. G.  Teams shall submit a current team roster on an annual basis with the annual report.          
  8. H.  Annual reports consisting of number and type of interventions, training and new members. Annual reports are due March 1st of each year.

 

Mail all applications to:    Gary Doty
                                    OCRN Director
                                    31335 160th
                                    Wayne, OK 73095 

About OCRN (Oklahoma Crisis Response Network)

Oklahoma Crisis Response Network (OCRN) has been formed to provide a comprehensive crisis intervention response to those impacted by traumatic events. Specific procedures have been developed for traumatic events that affect school districts from large to small. Research has demonstrated that with early CISM intervention symptoms are reduced, the length of recovery is shortened and one’s ability to resume a level of functioning is restored.

Whether natural or man made, disasters events occur that necessitate the coordination and delivery of crisis intervention and mental health services.

Our history began with Oklahoma’s first state team gaining knowledge and experience from the response to the bombing of the Alfred E. Murrah building in OKC on April 19, 1995. It became clear that first responders as well as our community could be helped to manage their stress reactions following events such as these.

OCRN is a cooperative effort of response teams that include personnel from law enforcement, fire services, social services, emergency medical teams, school districts and mental health agencies throughout Oklahoma providing free services for the state.

Crisis support techniques range from psychological first aid to a multi-component comprehensive management system. The OCRN is associated and trained through International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF). Through Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) or crisis support the following interventions are provided:

  1. Pre incident education
  2. Crisis management briefings
  3. Defusing (same shift of incident)
  4. Debriefings (ideally within 24-72 hours of the event)
  5. Interventions for family and significant others.
  6. On-scene services for large scale/mass casualty incidents
  7. One time one-on-one interventions

 

A critical incident has been defined as any event which has the ability to interfere, or potentially interfere, with an individual’s ability to psychologically cope with the event. Examples of critical incidents include:

  1. Line of duty deaths
  2. Events with excessive media interest
  3. Serious line of duty injuries
  4. Prolonged incidents
  5. Suicides of emergency personnel
  6. Life-threatening experience
  7. Disasters
  8. Severe abuse
  9. Law enforcement shootings
  10. Homicides
  11. Accidental injuries to others caused by one’s actions
  12. Terrorism
  13. High publicity crimes of violence
  14. Significant events involving children
  15. Any significant event which overwhelms usual coping mechanisms
  16. Ultimately, a critical incident is defined by its impact on a group or individual.

 

Critical incident stress management and/or crisis support is designed to mitigate stress following particularly stressful events. Crisis support techniques allow personnel to explore the physical, cognitive, emotional, and behavioral reactions to critical incidents. Crisis support techniques have both psychological support and educational components.

Do to recent violence on our campuses educators are working to develop a comprehensive emergency management plan.  Having enough resources to proficiently deal with the mental health needs of their school districts following a significant crisis is challenging.

OCRN provides a statewide network of trained professional responders to provide a rapid and multi-component comprehensive response.

OCRN recommends that activation of crisis support teams be included in school districts, county and agency plans for large scale incidents and other appropriate incidents.