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TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY INFO

In September 2013, DoD submitted a report to Congress entitled "Multi-Disciplinary Brain Research and Data Sharing Activities " which addresses the support of multi-disciplinary research toward translational medicine intended to provide better diagnostic tools and treatment outcomes for Service members who suffer from traumatic brain injury, posttraumatic stress disorder, and other neurotrauma/neurological conditions, and on efforts made for the provision of capabilities necessary for researchers, scientists, surgeons, physicians, healthcare professionals, and patients to effectively communicate their findings and outcomes in near real-time.

For more information, see the TBI Page.

Updated on 8 November 13

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COMBAT/OPERATIONAL STRESS NEWS

NAVADMIN 262-13 published on 8 Oct 13 prescribes mandatory Operational Stress Control Training for all deployable Navy units

Links to the following three websites, which provide information and guidance on wellness and resilience for service members and families, were recently added to the Combat/Operational Stress Page:

Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness (CSF2 is designed to build resilience and enhance performance of the Army Family - Soldiers, their Families, and Army Civilians by providing hands-on training and self-development tools so that members of the Army Family are better able to cope with adversity, perform better in stressful situations, and thrive in life.)

Army Ready and Resilient (The Ready and Resilient Campaign integrates and synchronizes multiple efforts and programs to improve the readiness and resilience of the Army Family - Soldiers (Active Duty, Reserve, National Guard), Army Civilians and Families. It creates a holistic, collaborative and coherent enterprise to increase individual and unit readiness and resilience. Ready and Resilient will build upon physical, emotional and psychological resilience in our Soldiers, Families and Civilians so they improve performance to deal with the rigors and challenges of a demanding profession.)

21st Century Sailor and Marine (The 21st Century Sailor and Marine initiative is a set of objectives and policies, new and existing, across a spectrum of wellness that maximizes each Sailor's and Marine's personal readiness.)

Additional information on combat/operational stress can be found on the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Combat/Operational Stress Pages.

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INFLUENZA INFORMATION

Health Affairs and the individual military services have issued their guidance for the 2013-2014 Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Program.

Additional information on influenza and pandemic influenza can be found on the Influenza Page.

Updated on 8 November 13

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MORE ON MALARIA

On the Malaria Page under Related Links, a link was added for the US Africa Command Malaria Page.

For more information, see the Malaria and Mefloquine Pages.

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SUBSTANCE ABUSE MATERIAL

In October 2013, DoD submitted to Congress a report dated July 2013 updating the Comprehensive Plan on Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Substance Use Disorders (SUDs) and Disposition of Substance Use Offenders in the Armed Forces, which was included in the DoD July 2011 interim report to Congress. The report also addresses findings from an independent study conducted by the Institute of Medicine entitled "Substance Use Disorders in the U.S. Armed Forces," September 2012.

Additional information on substance use disorders can be found on the Substance Use Disorders Page.

Updated on 8 November 13

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MENTAL HEALTH POLICIES

The following two new military mental health policies have recently been released:

1) OSD(HA) Memorandum, Military Treatment Facility Mental Health Clinical Outcomes Guidance, 9 Sep 13 This memorandum provides guidance regarding measurements and documentation of clinical outcomes in mental health treatment in Military Treatment Facilities.
2) OTSG/MEDCOM Policy Memo 13-059, Behavioral Health Service Line Policy, Consolidated Army Behavioral Health (BH), 29 Oct 13 (Requires CAC for access) This memorandum establishes a common end state for BH service delivery structure in the Army and provides specific guidance on unified Military Treatment Facility (MTF) Departments of BH that consolidates, standardizes and synchronizes clinical elements of the BH System of Care.

Additional information on mental health policies can be found on the Mental Health Services and Call Centers Page.

Updated on 8 November 13

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