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TDOC Critical Incident Stress Management

Tuesday, August 12, 2008 | 11:28am
More than 80 TDOC staff members across the state are now able to help their fellow employees deal with traumatic events as part of the Critical Incident Stress Management System (CISM). The system is designed to assist staff during events such as death in the line of duty, serious injury and other crisis or disasters. 
 
The TDOC teams can also be activated in the event of an emergency in the local community. “This is one way we can give back to our communities and it demonstrates that one of our primary responsibilities is to take care of staff,” said Assistant Commissioner Jim Cosby. “We will continue to deliver these very important program services through the dedicated staff who serve their fellow employees in a time of need.”
 
TDOC Victims Services Director Sheryl DeMott said, “When a critical incident occurs, we want to help; but sometimes we stand back because we don’t know what to do. CISM teams can bridge that gap.” Individuals have been trained according to the standards of the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation. 
 
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For more information, contact Dorinda Carter at 615.253.8144 or Dorinda.Carter@state.tn.us

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