BEHAVIORAL HEALTH "In everything we do, we must remember that every soldier, sailor, airman or Marine is part, not just of the military, but also a larger community. Their families, their hometowns, their civilian employers, their places of worship -- all must be involved in the solution." –Secretary Robert M. Gates at the launch of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, September 10, 2010 Over 2 million troops have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan since September 2001, many of them having deployed more than once. Estimates suggest that at least 18 percent of those deployed suffer from severe depression or post-traumatic stress, and over 19 percent have suffered a traumatic brain injury. Symptoms of severe mental health difficulties are as high as 35 percent among OIF/OEF Veterans, and only about half are seeking treatment. (1) Annual Anti-Stigma Media Campaign: Local media contributes coverage urging Veterans and their families with behavioral health issues to seek help i. Operation In Their Boots Operation In Their Boots (OITB) is a unique filmmaking fellowship in which Brave New Foundation commissions five Veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to produce and direct their own documentary films. This is a rare opportunity for these Veterans to communicate directly, through the powerful medium of documentary film, what they have witnessed and experienced, on and off the battlefield, and how these experiences have impacted their lives and the lives of people around them. The films these Veterans are producing reflect a range of styles, tone and point-of-view. Whether their films are character-driven, autobiographical or focus on a specific subject, the filmmakers and will express what it’s really like to be In Their Boots. http://www.intheirboots.com/itb Richard Ray Perez, Executive Producer 310-204-0448 ii. The Coming Home Project The Coming Home Project is a non-profit organization devoted, since 2006, to providing compassionate expert care, support, education, and stress management tools for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans, service members, their families, and their service providers. We are a multidisciplinary, experienced team of psychotherapists, Veterans and interfaith leaders committed to helping transform the wounds of war. Our programs address the psychological, emotional, spiritual, and relationship challenges experienced during all stages of deployment, especially reintegration. We help rebuild the connectivity of mind, body, heart and spirit that combat trauma can unravel, renew relationships with loved ones, and create new support networks. We build a safe place – a community -- for families, their Veterans and service members, and their service providers to come together and share their stories, struggles and accomplishments. We connect families with their communities as we collaborate to create integrative continuums of care. Single Veterans and service members as well as those with physical injuries are also most welcome. http://www.cominghomeproject.net/ Dr. Joseph Bobrow, Roshi, Founder and President, 1801 Bush St. # 213, San Francisco, CA 94109 415-353-5363 iii. The Pathway Home The Pathway Program is a Residential Recovery program specifically created for, and dedicated to serve, our Nation’s “New Warriors”—those of any age who have served our Nation’s Global War on Terror in areas of the world such as Afghanistan and Iraq. These Warfighters have survived the stressors of war, but find themselves experiencing problems that are “getting in the way” of functioning at their top form. http://www.thepathwayhome.org Fred Gusman, MSW, Executive Director 707-287-2969 cell, 707-948-3030 fax iv. 100 Faces of War Experience For the “100 Faces of War Experience,” Mitchell is planning to paint oil portraits of 100 people involved in the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan. Most portraits depict soldiers, while some involve civilians. Mitchell, who started the project in 2005, is working on his 41st portrait currently. He hopes to have 100 portraits completed by 2013. Each portrait is accompanied by a text written by the person pictured. In the case of the deceased, loved ones have written a statement to accompany the portrait. “The idea was to do something which kind of brought home the reality of the wars through the widest spectrum of the American audience,” Mitchell said. “But when I started doing the portraits, and meeting families and meeting people in person, I started realizing the stories they had to tell were just as important as the paintings I could make.” http://www.100facesofwarexperience.org/portrait-gallery Matthew Mitchell,Artist/Director email@example.com v. Defense Center of Excellence: Real Warriors Campaign The Real Warriors Campaign is an initiative launched by the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) to promote the processes of building resilience, facilitating recovery and supporting reintegration of returning service members, Veterans and their families. The Real Warriors Campaign combats the stigma associated with seeking psychological health care and treatment and encourages service members to increase their awareness and use of these resources. To reach the broadest audience possible, the campaign features a variety of strategies including outreach and partnerships, print materials, media outreach, an interactive Web site and social media. The campaign features stories of real service members who have sought treatment and are continuing to maintain successful military or civilian careers. In addition, DCoE established the DCoE Outreach Center, a 24/7 call center staffed by health resource consultants to provide confidential answers, tools, tips and resources about psychological health and traumatic brain injury. http://www.realwarriors.net/ 866-966-1020 or firstname.lastname@example.org (2) Provider Training: Training local mental health providers on special issues on TBI/PTSD and other Veteran issues and resources i. AfterDeployment.Org Offers quick, fundamental facts about military culture, evaluating and treating PTSD and TBI, and how to refer to specialty care when necessary. Also offers continuing education programs. http://afterdeployment.org/ 866-966-1020 ii. The National Center for PTSD The Center aims to help U.S. Veterans and others through research, education, and training on trauma and PTSD. The section cited below contains training materials as well as information and tools to help you with assessment and treatment. These materials are based on the latest research, much of which is conducted by National Center staff. http://www.ptsd.va.gov/professional/index.asp email@example.com (802) 296-6300 iii. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), SAMHSA’s Operation Immersion SAMHSA, along with the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Development Disabilities (TDMHDD), the Tennessee National Guard (TNNG) and the Tennessee Veterans Task Force hosted a training designed to immerse attendees in military culture and the deployment experience in an effort to help remove the barriers and apprehension soldiers often face when seeking help for mental health or substance use disorders. SAMHSA’s role in this effort is part of the agency’s strategic initiative on promoting the behavioral health interests of those in the military, Veterans, and their families. 1 Choke Cherry Road Rockville, MD 20857 1-877-SAMHSA-7 or 240-276-1573 http://www.samhsa.gov/MilitaryFamilies/ http://www.samhsa.gov/newsroom/advisories/1008234708.aspx firstname.lastname@example.org iv. Citizen Soldier Support Program (CSSP) To build bridges between local community resources and military families, Congress established the National Demonstration Program for Citizen Soldier Support. Spearheaded by the Odum Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Citizen Soldier Support Program (CSSP) focuses on all branches of the military and other reserve component members and families. They have developed a course designed to help primary care physicians, case workers, mental health providers - who may see a Veteran or family member on an unrelated issue - develop a better understanding of the culture in which Veterans and their families live and work, and provide best practices for identifying, assessing, and treating or referring mild traumatic brain injuries that result from the trauma of war. http://www.aheconnect.com/ahec/cdetail.asp?courseid=citizensoldi er2 http://www.citizensoldiersupport.org/ Harold Kudler, MD Associate Director, Clinical Mental Health Coordinator, VISN 6 Durham VA Medical Center email@example.com (3) First Responder Training: Training Police/Fire/Schools/ERs regarding special issues and resources for Veterans i. Beyond Yellow Ribbon Training Video by District Attorney Keating in Massachusetts explains the “natural reactions to unnatural events” that cause PTSD. Made for combat Veterans, their family, friends and community leaders: http://www.mass.gov/da/norfolk/Videos.html Norfolk County District Attorney's Office 45 Shawmut Road | Canton, MA 02021 Phone: (781) 830-4800 Fax: (781) 830-4801 ii. Combat to Community Swords to Plowshares is a community-based, not-for-profit organization that promotes and protects the rights of Veterans through advocacy, public education and partnerships with local, state and national entities. The community training program is privately funded through the Zellerbach Family Fund. The Combat to Community training programs are designed to increase awareness and understanding of the issues relevant to the military Veteran and first responder communities as they relate to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Domestic Violence (DV). http://combattocommunity.com/law-enforcement-training/ 1060 Howard Street San Francisco, CA 94103 415-252-4788 iii. Indiana National Guard Family Program Office Programs designed to connect military families to resources and to educate schools about military children and the impact of deployment. 1-800-237-2850 http://www.doe.in.gov/sservices/counseling/docs/Military_Children_ and_Families_ws_09.pdf (PDF) iv. Washington State Operation Military Kids Washington State: Operation Military Kids is a partnership established in April 2004 between the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, Washington State University Extension 4-H Programs, the Washington State National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve. Under grant funds provided through the 4-H/Army Youth Development Project, our mission is to create replicable and sustainable support networks for geographically dispersed military youth in schools and communities before, during, and after the deployment of a parent or loved one. http://www.k12.wa.us/OperationMilitaryKids/default.aspx Mona M. Johnson, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (360) 725-6050 firstname.lastname@example.org v. Military Child Education Coalition A 501(c)(3) nonprofit, worldwide organization, the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) focuses on ensuring quality educational opportunities for all military children affected by mobility, family separation, and transition. The MCEC offers a course, Guard and Reserve Institute, with a goal of reaching out in a support network to the children of the Army National Guard, Reserve components, and geographically isolated families through: State Education systems, Informed and resourced professional educators, School-based model for training and support, State and local partnerships between the schools, military communities, and other organizations. The course is intended for educators and families of Guard and Reserve members. http://www.militarychild.org/education/guard-and-reserve-institutes/ The Military Child Education Coalition 909 Mountain Lion Circle P. O. Box 2519 Harker Heights, TX 76548-2519 Ph: (254) 953-1923, Fax: (254) 953-1925 email@example.com (4) Ease of Access to Care: Making it easy for military personnel and their families to access mental health care i. Local mental health programs, such as: http://www.sofarusa.org/ www.omh.state.ny.us/omhweb/military/mh_resources www.thesoldiersproject.org/ ii. Give an Hour Give an Hour is a national nonprofit organization providing free counseling and other mental health services to active duty service members, members of our National Guard and Reserve forces, and Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan who have separated or retired from any branch of military service. There are thousands of volunteer providers across the country. www.giveanhour.org Barbara Van Dahlen, Founder and President firstname.lastname@example.org iii. Defense Centers of Excellence National Resource Directory The National Resource Directory (NRD) is a website for connecting wounded warriors, Service Members, Veterans, their families with those who support them. It provides access to services and resources at the national, state and local levels to support recovery, rehabilitation and community reintegration. Visitors can find information on a variety of topics including benefits & compensation, education & training, employment, family & caregiver support, health, homeless assistance, housing, transportation & travel and other services & resources. For help on how to find resources on the site, visit the How to Use this Site section of the NRD. The NRD is a partnership among the Departments of Defense, Labor and Veterans Affairs. The information contained within the NRD is from federal, state and local government agencies; Veterans service and benefit organizations; non-profit and community-based organizations; academic institutions and professional associations that provide assistance to wounded warriors and their families. http://www.nationalresourcedirectory.gov/ email@example.com iv. Citizen Soldier Support Program The Citizen Soldier Support Program (CSSP) Primary Health Care and Behavioral Health Provider Directory is a network of primary and behavioral health care providers who are trained in, or who have expressed an interest in serving the specific needs of military members and their families. The CSSP is working to connect servicemembers and their families to primary health care and behavioral health providers trained to address issues that affect military members and the people who support our Nation's troops before, during, and after deployment. www.warwithin.org http://www.citizensoldiersupport.org/ Citizen Soldier Support Program (CSSP) University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 23 Manning Hall, CB 3355 Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3355 Phone: (919) 843-3998 Fax: (919) 962-4777 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org v. The Pathway Home The Pathway Program is a Residential Recovery program specifically created for, and dedicated to serve, our Nation’s “New Warriors”—those of any age who have served our Nation’s Global War on Terror in areas of the world such as Afghanistan and Iraq. These Warfighters have survived the stressors of war, but find themselves experiencing problems that are “getting in the way” of functioning at their top form. http://www.thepathwayhome.org Fred Gusman, MSW, Executive Director 707-287-2969 cell, 707-948-3030 fax (5) Annual Gap Analysis: Leaders from local government, military, advocacy groups and behavioral health gather to discuss gaps and solutions i. TexVet In order to ensure Veterans and their families have easy access to state-wide resources; TEXVET has developed a Veteran Services Provider Network (VSPN) in which information is gathered and disseminated. This comprehensive network allows Veterans and their families to save time and effort when searching for services. Through collaborative efforts the TEXVET Partners also benefit by learning about like-minded programs, funding, and best practices to serve the Veterans and their families. To identify partners in rural areas, TEXVET has collaborated with DSHS, TMF, and other organizations to reach the community leaders in those areas to capture information and services to Veterans and their families. www.texvet.com Katherine Kotrla, Executive Director 512-388-6310 Kotrla@medicine.tamhsc.edu ii. VeteransFocus.Org The mission of the North Carolina Governor’s Focus on Servicemembers, Veterans, and their Families is to promote evidence-based and best practices in the screening, assessment, and treatment of active duty, National Guard, Reservists, and Veterans who served in the military and their families. This effort includes the articulation and implementation of an integrated continuum of care that emphasizes access, quality, effectiveness, efficiency, and compassion. Principles of resilience, prevention, and recovery are emphasized along with state-of-the-art clinical services as part of a balanced public health and behavioral health approach. The Governor’s Focus envisions a referral network of services that will comprise a system through which servicemembers, Veterans, and their families will have access to assistance during all stages of the deployment cycle in North Carolina. The Governor’s Focus is working to develop partnerships with professional organizations at the state level. Partnering organizations include the N.C. Medical Society, N.C. Academy of Family Physicians, N.C. Pediatric Society, N.C. Psychiatric Association, N.C Psychological Association, and the N.C. Association of Social Workers. The N.C. Governor’s Focus is a model that can be adapted to the specific needs of each state. http://www.veteransfocus.org/ Wei Li Fang Wei.Li.Fang@governorsinstitute.org iii. Community Prosperity Partnership, Department of Veterans Affairs The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) established the Community Prosperity Partnership (CPP), a mutually supportive coalition to promote collaborative efforts to address the needs of the Nation’s Minority Veterans and their dependents. The CPP goal is to develop a seamless service delivery system that promotes employment opportunities, promotes education and associated youth initiatives, and fosters veterans’ business development in their communities. Jose O. Marrero and Carolyn Wong 202-461-4041 http://www.va.gov/cpp/index.htm iv. California Statewide Collaborative for Our Military and Families "The purpose of the California Statewide Collaborative ("CASC" or "Collaborative") is to be a strong voice advocating for a wholistic, compassionate continuum of services, treatment and care for our service members, veterans and their families. It provides a forum to share information and education, raise awareness, and promote strategic partnerships that will streamline and improve access to health and human services." Mary Ellen Salzano, Founder and Facilitator email@example.com 408-779- 6916 or 408-489-0911 http://www.rebuildhope.org/casc.php v. Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Douglas Carmon, NGO Ombudsman, (202) 461-4815 Kevin Secor, Veterans Service Office Liaison, Kevin.Secor@va.gov, (202) 461 4835 http://www.va.gov/opa/bios/secretary.asp vi. Defense Center Of Excellence: Real Warriors Campaign The Real Warriors Campaign is an initiative launched by the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) to promote the processes of building resilience, facilitating recovery and supporting reintegration of returning service members, Veterans and their families. The Real Warriors Campaign combats the stigma associated with seeking psychological health care and treatment and encourages service members to increase their awareness and use of these resources. To reach the broadest audience possible, the campaign features a variety of strategies including outreach and partnerships, print materials, media outreach, an interactive Web site and social media. The campaign features stories of real service members who have sought treatment and are continuing to maintain successful military or civilian careers. In addition, DCoE established the DCoE Outreach Center, a 24/7 call center staffed by health resource consultants to provide confidential answers, tools, tips and resources about psychological health and traumatic brain injury. http://www.realwarriors.net/ firstname.lastname@example.org 888-966-1020 vii. Mental Health America of San Diego County, Breaking Down Barriers Program The purpose of the Breaking Down Barriers program is to increase access to mental health services for persons with severe mental illness who come from unserved and under-served, culturally- diverse populations. MHASD issued a special report for more information about how to break down barriers to Mental Health Services in San Diego County among Veterans of OIF/OEF. http://www.mhasd.org/Reports/Addressing%20Barriers%20to%20M ental%20Health%20Services%20for%20Military%20Populations%2 0in%20San%20Diego%20County.pdf (PDF) 4069 30th Street San Diego, CA 92104 Phone: (619) 543-0412 Fax: (619) 285-1938 E-mail: email@example.com Web: www.mhasd.org viii. Mental Health Association of Erie County, New York Since 1962, the Mental Health Association of Erie County, Inc. has provided essential programs and services to seniors, adults, families and children in Erie County. Over the years, the Mental Health Association has positioned itself to know what the most pressing and current mental health needs are in our community and to deliver the best possible programming and services to meet those needs. They have a variety of programs to address the unique needs of military and their families. http://www.eriemha.org/veteran_s_programs.php Mary McParlane 886-1242 ext. 321 or firstname.lastname@example.org ix. SAMSHA News: Paving the Way Home A free publication covering a conference on returning Veterans and their families that addressed suicide prevention, employment, homelessness, and traumatic brain injury. Also discusses bullying, mutual support groups, and mental health services in primary care settings. http://store.samhsa.gov/product/SAM08-165 1 Choke Cherry Road Rockville, MD 20857 1-877-SAMHSA-7 (6) Smart Donors: Local philanthropy using performance-based metrics to make high-impact donations Many generous and patriotic donors support behavioral health programs for the military community. Many factors including the frequency and duration of deployments and have created significant stress and nonprofits who provide mental health services to the military community need your support now more than ever. To help you ensure that your donations are having maximum impact, below are guidelines for local philanthropists/foundations. We urge those who contribute to military issues, to consider these standards, and if you comply- celebrate your effort by posting it on the Blueprint Site and yours! Minimal Threshold (Based on recommendations by Leaderdship-18, a collaboration of many of America’s leading charities) 1) The primary focus of the program is to work with the military and the family members. 2) Certify that the Organization is non-partisan. 3) Certify that the organization does not actively promote religion/religious beliefs. 4) The IRS (Internal Revenue Service) recognizes the organization as tax exempt under 26 U.S.C. 501 (c) (3). 5) The organization accounts for its funds on an annual basis in accordance to generally accepted accounting principles. The organization consents to disclosing the financial records upon request in the spirit of transparency so potential donors, volunteers and recipients of its services may see the percentage of funds used for administrative costs versus the organizations mission. The organization must complete an audit or Form 990 annually. 6) Certify that an active and responsible governing body or board, whose members have no material conflict of interest and a majority whom serve without compensation have oversight of the organization. 7) Certify that the organization does not share of sell personally identifiable information with vendors or other agents, companies, or services without the expressed permission from the services member, Veteran, or family members who requested or received their services. 8) Certify that the organization does not exhibit hate, bias, or discrimination. 9) Certify that the organization conducts publicity and promotional activities based upon its actual program and operations, and that these activities are truthful and non-deceptive, include all material facts, and make no exaggerated or misleading claims. 10) Certify that the organization effectively uses the funds it receives for its announced purposes. 11) Certify that the organization has been positively evaluated by at least two of the following charity evaluator organization: Better Business Bureau, Charity Navigator, Guidestar, State Certificate of Status (provide the most current certificate from the Secretary of State). Advanced Impact Metrics (Based on recommendations of the Veterans Innovation Center) While the list above should indirectly help ensure a nonprofit program is a good steward of your donations, there are more detailed analyses you might consider, especially if you have multiple good choices within your community. Some of this information may be hard to obtain- easier for larger donors/foundations. But don’t underestimate the power of small private donors asking these questions. Also know that just by ASKING the right questions about effectiveness and efficiency, you can send powerful messages to nonprofit leaders. a. How many hours of care do you deliver to service members/Vets/families? b. What is your total budget for this program? c. What is the cost/hour? (Calculated from the numbers above) d. What special populations do you specifically target with outreach/programming? (Generally the more the better) Veterans, Wounded, Severely-Wounded, Specific Injuries, Military Spouses, Caregivers, Surviving Spouses e. Do you long term impact of your services (The longer the better) What are your statistics? f. Is your staff specifically trained on PTSD and TBI? g. Is your staff specifically trained on military culture/issues? Are your staff trained on other benefits/resources available to the military community including therapy, education, housing, family support, financial, legal?
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