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1 NATIONAL COUNCIL for Behavioral Health National Council of State Legislatures Understanding the Needs of Veterans and Military Families Jeannie Campbell Executive Vice President December 9, 2014

2 Resources Mental Health First Aid Veteran Certificate Program Mental Health First Aid Whole Health Action Management WRAP Program New Resource Guide Trainings and Webinars

3 Workforce Development and Engagement Hiring peers w military experience Military culture training for all staff Treating the whole person Coordinating services Increasing access Minimizing wait times Establishing welcoming waiting rooms Embracing evidence-based practices Building a personal connection Building relationships, respect

4 Mental Health First Aid is the help offered to a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The first aid is given until appropriate treatment and support are received or until the crisis resolves.

5 Mental Health First Aid

6 About Mental Health First Aid Origins in Australia and currently in 20 countries Adult MHFA course for individuals 18 years of age and older; available in both Spanish and English Youth MHFA is designed to teach caring adults how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis Included in SAMHSA s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices Partnership with Maryland and Missouri State Governments

7 MHFA Action Plan Assess for risk of suicide or harm Listen nonjudgmentally Give reassurance and information Encourage appropriate professional help Encourage self-help and other support strategies

8 How does it work? The evidence based course is taught by one or two certified MHFA instructors in local communities Course includes detailed content on the signs and symptoms, warning signs and risk factors of mental illness and substance use disorders Course content is augmented by films, interactive exercises and scenario activities A detailed action plan on how to safely and effectively respond to someone feeling unwell or in crisis is used throughout

9 Complete Program Overview (8 Hours) What is Mental Health First Aid? Overview of Military/Veteran Culture Mental Health Problems in the United States Mental Health First Aid Action Plan Understanding Depression and Anxiety Mental Health First Aid Action Plan for Depression and Anxiety Suicidal Behavior Depressive Symptoms Non-suicidal Self-Injury Traumatic Brain Injury as an additional risk factor

10 What You Learn Overview of mental health problems Depressive/Mood disorders Anxiety disorders Disorders in which psychosis occurs Substance use disorders Eating disorders Mental Health First Aid for crisis situations Mental Health First Aid for non-crisis situations 10

11 Help Veterans and their families reclaim the life they put on hold Serving Our Veterans Behavioral Health Certificate trains behavioral health and primary care providers on military culture, the impact of deployment, and the issues affecting Veterans and their families. The online curriculum contains 14 self-paced courses that: Provide the latest clinical guidelines Demonstrate applicable knowledge and skills through real-life examples Emphasize cultural sensitivities to ensure clinical competency Earn 20+ hours of continuing education credit Visit 11

12 Call to Action Respond to the needs of Veterans and their families in your community. 14 self-paced online courses earning 20+ hours of continuing education for only $350 Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD in Veterans and Military Personnel Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence Epidemiology of PTSD in Military Personnel and Veterans Fundamentals of Traumatic Brain Injury Improving Substance Abuse Treatment Compliance Meeting the Behavioral Health Needs of Returning Veterans Military Cultural Competence Overview of Suicide Prevention Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD for Veterans and Military Service Personnel Provider Resiliency and Self-Care: An Ethical Issue PTSD Then and Now, There and Here The Impact of Deployment and Combat Stress on Families and Children: Part I Understanding Military Families & the Deployment Cycle Part II Enhancing the Resilience of Military Families Working with the Homeless: An Overview Enroll now! Visit 12

13 Military Orientation Course Interactive, online course provides an overview of military culture. It is intended to assist civilian mental health providers in better understanding and effectively interacting with Service members and their families. Introduction to military culture Military rank structure Branches of Service: Missions, structure, and core values Active vs. Reserve Component Active Component Reserve Component Demographic characteristics General and deployment related terms 13

14 SERVING VETERANS: A RESOURCE GUIDE The SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions developed this guide for primary and behavioral healthcare professionals to better serve veterans and their families. Curating Resources for providers in the VA or outside the VA Includes educational services, trainings and clinical tools to help provide the right assistance at the right time to veterans and family members Available at: 14

15 Additional Resources Webinars Emerging best practices Peer to peer learning from providers and their military/va counterparts, lessons learned Sharing of success stories Focus on building relationship with local military organizations Clinical best practices, Center for Deployment Psychology 15

16 Jeannie Campbell National Council for Behavioral Health ext (cell) 16

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