FEMA assigns $3M for emotional support in Puerto Rico
SAN JUAN – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has granted $3 million to the Puerto Rico Administration of Mental Health and Anti-Addiction Services (ASSMCA by its Spanish initials) to offer counseling as well as short- and long-term emotional support to the victims of Hurricane María in Puerto Rico.
Administrator Suzanne Roig said the allocation was assigned after presenting a request to the federal agency focused on “addressing the emotional aspect” of those affected by the most powerful hurricane to hit the island in 80 years.
“We recognize that the experience during and after Hurricane María, combined with the feelings caused by significant loss tend to present post-traumatic reactions that require profound intervention,” Roig Fuertes said.
With the federal funds, ASSMCA will launch a project called “Un Nuevo Comenzar… Anímate” (A New Beginning… Get Ready). The administrator indicated it will begin in the coming days days, with 319 clinical professionals who will visit the most affected communities and provide emotional support.
“We are convinced our people have the strength, capacity and willpower needed to emerge gracefully from the critical moments. We are confident Puerto Rico will rise, and more united than ever, we will be able to build a better country for all,” Roig said.