Crisis Response Ministry has 5 levels of qualifications available.
Crisis Responders – Basic
Basic Crisis Responders (CRB) must complete CRM’s 8 hour training module prior to receiving a Basic Crisis Responder certification.
Chaplains and Crisis Responders –Advanced
Chaplains and Advanced Crisis Responders (CRA) must complete CRM’s 16 hour training module prior to receiving a Chaplain or Advanced Crisis Responder certification.
CRM Certified Chaplains and Crisis Responders
CRM Certified Chaplains and Crisis Responders must complete CRM's 16 training module as well as complete FEMA 100, 200 and 700 and 800 plus Psychological First Aid and submit their certification certificates to CRM. CRM Certified Chaplains and Crisis Responders will receive a patch to reflect that they have met the state requirements to be deployed at a state level deployment. It is possible that a state level deployment could occur in our local communities during a major disaster and only CRM Certified Chaplains and Crisis Responders will be able to deploy.
Crisis Responder Basics, Chaplains and Crisis Responders Advanced are allowed to serve in the local communities but cannot deploy at a state level without becoming a CRM Certified Chaplain/ Crisis Responder per state requirements.
As a condition of credential renewal, all volunteers will be required to attend eight (8) hours of continuing education per year or a total of 16 hours during the two years prior to their credential renewal.
Qualifications of Volunteers
Chaplains must be ordained or licensed pastors or possess a Chaplain’s certification from a recognized Christian Chaplaincy group. Alternatively, volunteers holding a designation as Chaplain must be commissioned by their Christian church as a Chaplain and be ordained deacon or elder or hold their Christian denomination’s equivalent. A person must be a member in good standing with their local Christian church, provide a written testimony of salvation through Jesus Christ and an ecclesiastical letter from their pastor.
All volunteers currently serving in the capacity of a Chaplain with another agency will be allowed to continue in that capacity with CRM.
Crisis Responder –Advanced
A Crisis Responder with an advanced designation must fulfill minimum training requirements set forth herein, be a member in good standing with their local Christian church, provide a written testimony of salvation through Jesus Christ and an ecclesiastical letter (letter of good standing) from their pastor.
Crisis Responders – Basic
A Crisis Responder holding a designation of Basic must fulfill the minimum training requirements set forth herein, be a member in good standing with their local Christian church, provide a written testimony of salvation through Jesus Christ and an ecclesiastical letter (letter of good standing) from their pastor.
Testimony and Ecclesiastical Letter
Crisis Response Ministry requires all volunteers to be active members in a Christian church. Potential volunteers must provide a testimony of their faith as well as an Ecclesiastical Recommendation Letter from their pastor or leader at their local Christian church that they attend.
All volunteers must pass a minimum background check every year and drug test (if requested). A volunteer arrested or convicted of a family violence offense, sexual assault related offense, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, shall be disqualified from serving as a CRM volunteer. Additionally, any person convicted of a felony, class A or B misdemeanor or anyone who must register as a sex offender will be disqualified as a volunteer.
CRM recognizes that certain misdemeanor charges cover a wide range of offenses some of which are less serious than others or such convictions may have occurred early in a person’s life and their life since that occurrence reveals a marked positive change in behavior. The range of possibilities is too broad to cover in a policy manual, thus CRM has established an appeals process where any Chapter director, through the Executive Director may appeal a disqualification to the Board of Directors or such other subcommittee as may be identified by the Board of Directors to hear the appeal. If the Board establishes a subcommittee to hear such appeals, their decision shall be presented to the Board of Directors for final approval. The Board of Director’s decision on the appeal shall be final.
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