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iowa recovers 2004


  For Immediate Release

Date:  February 10, 2005


Michael R. Rosmann, Ph.D.

Executive Director AgriWellness, Inc.

1210 7th.St. Harlan, IA 51537

(712) 235-6100

Web Site: http.www.agriwellness.org

Most Iowans are extremely resilient and can cope with the stress of recovery from disaster if they are able to access support through family, friends or caring helpers.  According to Lila Starr, Mental Health Disaster Services Coordinator for the Iowa Department of Human Services, “Most people are able to adjust satisfactorily to a major disaster, but about eight percent of persons experience mental health or addictions problems that require assistance.  Usually these problems don’t develop until several days to weeks after the disaster.  A further reduction in problematic outcomes occurs with the help of trained outreach assistance.”

The Iowa Department of Human Services is providing a Crisis Counseling Program to persons affected by the severe storms that crisscrossed Iowa in 2004.  More than 69 tornadoes and 110 flashfloods occurred in late May – early June, 2004.  The state is contracting with AgriWellness, Inc., a nonprofit organization with headquarters in Harlan, to enable teams of outreach workers to provide information and support services, to ensure that more Iowans experience healthy recovery from the stress and trauma from these disasters.  The outreach workers have received training in proven crisis counseling recovery techniques.  The project, Iowa Recovers, enables the outreach workers to visit people at their homes, businesses or at a community facility.  Services are confidential and free of charge.  The outreach workers are also available to conduct community educational meetings and events. 

An outreach worker can be accessed by calling the Iowa Concern Hotline at 800-447-1985.  Dr. Michael Rosmann, the project manager from AgriWellness, Inc., indicated that services will be available until approximately mid-June, 2005, unless additional needs are identified and funding is obtained.

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