Counseling Services for disaster survivors who are uninsured, those who have insurance but lack mental health coverage or those who have exhausted their mental health benefits have been extended through September. Ticket to Hope, a program offering free mental health counseling for survivors of the 2008 floods, tornadoes and storms can receive up to eight free counseling sessions. The program is a cooperative effort of the DHS and a network of Iowa-licensed mental health providers around the state.

Disaster survivors can call the Ticket to Hope hotline, 1-800-447-1985. Staff at the hotline will verify the callers’ eligibility and provide them with a list of participating mental health counselors, along with up to eight vouchers that disaster survivors can present to the counselors to obtain free services.

For more information, visit www.tickettohope.org.