Washington - 26 September 2013

1. Pan of SPRINT (Special Psychiatric Rapid Intervention Team) central command room

2. SOUNDBITE (English) Commander Ingrid Pauli, SPRINT team lead: "What we want to go is go out to folks where they work, where they are, where their life is going to get back to normal. We want to go there and help them with that and so we conduct groups, we do something called 'deck plating' which is going to various buildings and just walking around and just checking in with folks. How are they doing?"

3. Tilt on Crisis Action Board to map of facility

4. Close of man's hands flipping through papers

5. Mid of SPRINT member looking through papers

6. SOUNDBITE (English) Commander Ingrid Pauli, SPRINT team lead: "For many of them it might be their first time getting back together since the incident and to be able to facilitate them just being there for each other is tremendously healing."

7. Pan from quiet area sign to people sitting in chairs

8. Mid of man talking to a volunteer and bending down to pet a dog, NATS

9.SOUNDBITE (English) Commander Walter LaBrie, SPRINT team lead: "The dogs have been hugely beneficial. People don't want to walk up to a mental health professional to talk about their problems or to say hey I might not be doing so well, but when we have the dogs out there, people are just naturally drawn to dogs. Dogs are also very reassuring, they're a normal part of life so when people get a chance to be exposed to the dogs or spend a little time with the dogs, it really just brings down their level of anxiety and really creates a sense of comfort."

10. Wide of people gathered in the lobby with crisis dogs

11. Close of golden retriever

12. Wide of DC police vehicles outside the building as Navy members walk by, NATS

13. SOUNDBITE (English) Commander Ingrid Pauli, SPRINT team lead: "We have done many groups with the folks from (Building) 197 and in general, people are progressing as we would expect. They are having normal reactions to a very abnormal situation, but most folks are gonna be ok."


Counselors at the Washington Navy Yard say they've interacted with more than 6,000 employees in the 10 days since a gunman killed 12 people.

A specialized team of counselors has been at the site, working with people who say they've been anxious, sad and stressed since the Sept. 16 shooting.

They say they've come across thousands of workers and have offered group and one-on-one counseling to a some of them.

Aaron Alexis, a former Navy reservist and IT contractor with mental health issues, fatally shot 12 people inside Building 197 before he was killed by a police officer.