Critical Incident Response
Jewish Community Critical Incident Response Team
The Jewish Community Critical Incident Response Team (JCCIRT) provides critical incident stress defusings and debriefings to small groups affected by a crisis or major occurrence, including community disasters, natural disasters, riots, robberies, vandalism, sudden deaths or violent crime. Recent examples of incidents to which team members have responded include:
- a co-worker’s sudden death
- tragedy at a local school
- evacuations due to bomb threats
JCCIRT members are professionally trained and certified by the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, Inc. Shortly after an incident occurs, team members can dispatched to begin the debriefing process with groups of individuals who may have been traumatized by the event. They are not first responders, but rather their purpose is to allow people to process what occurred, provide education about stress responses, and offer information and referral to additional community resources, as needed.
Made up of more than 20 professionals representing agencies across The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore System, the Team will focus on the greater Baltimore Jewish community, but may also serve others in the broader community as well.
For more information, contact Karen Nettler, Director of Community Connections for Jewish Community Services at 410-843-7409 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Beth Land Hecht, Senior Manager, Community Engagement at 410 843-7456 (email@example.com)