Brief reports behavioral health issues facing veterans of recent wars, including substance abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and suicide. This In Brief also discusses screening tools and intervention.
A report based on interviews with national samples of inmates. It
highlights the number of veterans in jails over the last few decades,
likely offenses, prevalence or drug or alcohol abuse, and
considerations of age and/or race.
This document has three main sections: Clinical Problems and Core
Principles of Intervention with Injured Military Families, Practical
Application and the Components of Effective Intervention, Integration
and Programmatic Intervention.
This document includes several sections, such as: Building a Culture
of Support for Psychological Health, Ensuring Service Members and
Their Families Receive a Full Continuum of Excellent Care, Providing
Sufficient Resources and Allocating them According to Requirements,
and Empowering Leadership.
This guide is designed to provide Veterans and their families with the information they need to understand VA's health care system – eligibility requirements, its enrollment process, including Enrollment Priority Groups, copays that certain Veterans may be charged and the health benefits and services available to help Veterans.
This booklet contains a summary of a broad range of programs and
services provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
which veterans may be eligible for. Also provided is a list of
relevant phone numbers and websites.
Describes the guiding principles of mental health care, how to find
mental health care and the different treatment settings where VA
offers mental health care, such as hospitals (inpatient care) or
clinics (outpatient care) or through telemedicine (where mental health
providers in one location can talk with, evaluate, and treat Veterans
at another location through a closed-circuit television). Also
provides information about the types of treatments available for the
most common mental health problems of Veterans.
This handbook provides current information to assist incarcerated for housing, treatment for substance abuse, mental health, medical, employment information and more is included in this booklet. Contact information and relevant websites are included.
February 2011 publication by the GAINS Center detailing the numerous ways this initiative
has reshaped how communities and states
address the behavioral health service needs of
This handbook is intended to provide current information to assist incarcerated veterans in accessing benefits through the Veterans Administration. Information for housing, treatment for substance abuse, mental health, medical, employment information and more is included.
To download the document in PDF format, click here.
Preventing Psychological Disorders in Service Members and Their Families evaluates risk and protective factors in military and family populations and suggests that prevention strategies are needed at multiple levels - individual, interpersonal, institutional, community, and societal - in order to address the influence that these factors have on psychological health. This report reviews and critiques reintegration programs and prevention strategies for PTSD, depression, recovery support, and prevention of substance abuse, suicide, and interpersonal violence.
The use and study of the Principles of Care for combat injured
families, contained within this document, "will foster evidence based
approaches that can support their healthy growth and recovery. These
principles can be used by hospital and community based professionals
in military or civilian settings."
This report is intended to bring issues surrounding all
justice-involved veterans into focus and to provide local behavioral
health and criminal justice systems with strategies for working with
Report on the behavioral health needs of veterans involved in the criminal justice system. The topic areas addressed in the report include treatment needs of justice-involved veterans, assessment tools to identify treatment needs and recidivism risk, and evidence-based practices. The report particularly focuses on history of trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, the needs of female veterans, the needs of veterans ages 55 and older, and the incidence of particular crimes among veterans, including drug offenses and violent crimes. It also includes recommendations for future research on justice-involved veterans, who make up about 10 percent of the incarcerated population.
The VHPD was a partnership between the departments of Veterans Affairs, Labor, and Housing and Urban Development. The three-year program provided short- to medium-term housing assistance as well as case management and links to services in local employment offices. The Urban Institute, with our partner Silber and Associates, conducted an implementation and outcomes evaluation at five sites around the country. The evaluation found improvements in housing stability, rates of homelessness, employment, and income. Read the report here.
This editorial offers information to suggest that it is increasingly critical for forensic psychiatrists to develop skills and knowledge related to veterans. The au thors attempt to highlight areas that should be understood and considered when assessing a veteran in a forensic context and offer background information for forensic mental health professionals related to recent initiatives that have evolved to assist veterans in the criminal justice system.
A resource for veterans being released from prison: "The information
[this booklet] offers can help you as you go from being incarcerated
to returning to life within your own community. You are encouraged to
start following the suggestions offered in this guidebook during the
last six months of your incarceration. Begin by enrolling with the VA
and learning what resources are available in your home area."