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|DoD Mental Health Policies |
- 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.
- DoDI 6490.04 Mental Health Evaluations of Members of the Military Services, 4 Mar 13 (Reissues DoD Instruction 6490.4 establishing policy, assigning responsibilities, and prescribing procedures for the referral, evaluation, treatment, and medical and command management of Service members who may require assessment for mental health issues, psychiatric hospitalization, and risk of imminent or potential danger to self or others.)
- DoDI 6490.12 Mental Health Assessments for Service Members Deployed in Connection with a Contingency Operation, 26 Feb 13 (Establishes the policy for person-to-person deployment mental health assessments for each member of the Military Services deployed in connection with a contingency operation.)
- Executive Order, Improving Access to Mental Heatlh Services for Veterans, Service Members, and Military Families, 31 Aug 12 (Aimed at reducing the rate of suicide and mental health disorders in veterans and troops by improving access to behavioral health care.)
- DoDI 6490.10, Continuity of Behavioral Health Care for Transferring and Transitioning Service Members, 26 Mar 12 (This instruction establishes policy for the Military Departments, assigns responsibilities, and prescribes guidelines for establishment of Military Department policy and procedures to ensure continuity of behavioral health care at the losing and gaining installations when Service members transition from one health care provider to another when transferring to a new duty station or transitioning out of the Service.)
- HA Policy 12-003, Guidance for Providers Prescribing Atypical Antipsychotic Medication, 22 Feb 12
- DoDI 6490.09, DOD Directors of Psychological Health, 27 Feb 12 (This instruction establishes policy, assigns responsibilities, and prescribes procedures to ensure visible leadership and advocacy for the psychological health and mental health disease and injury protection of the Military Service members.)
- DoDI 6490.05, Maintenance of Psychological Health in Military Operations, 22 Nov 11 (This Instruction establishes policy and assigns responsibility for developing combat and operational stress control (COSC) programs within the Military Departments, the Combatant Commands, and joint Service operations.)
- DoDI 6490.08, Command Notification Requirements to Dispel Stigma in Providing Mental Health Care to Service Members, 17 Aug 11 (This instruction establishes policy, assigns responsibilities, and prescribes procedures for healthcare providers for determining command notification requirements for Service members' involvement in mental health care pursuant DoD 6025.18-R and parts 160 and 164 of title 45, Code of Federal Regulations and for Service members voluntarily seeking drug and alcohol abuse education (as distinguished from substance abuse treatment), consistent with DoD Directive 1010.4.)
- Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs) Memorandum, Guidance for Mental Health Provider Training for the Treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Acute Stress Disorder, 13 Dec 10
- HA Policy 10-001, Subject: Department of Defense inTransition Program, 12 Jan 10
- OSD Memorandum 05136-08, Policy Implementation - Mental Health Question, Standard Form (SF) 86, Questionnaire for National Security Positions, 18 Apr 08
- HA Policy 07-022 TRICARE Prime Access Standards for Mental Health Care, 9 Oct 07
- ASD (HA) Memorandum, Policy Guidance for Deployment-Limiting Psychiatric Conditions and Medications, 7 Nov 06
- DoDD 6490.1, Mental Health Evaluations of Members of the Armed Forces, 1 Oct 97 Certified current as of 24 Nov 03
- OTSG/MEDCOM Policy Memo 13-059, Behavioral Health Service Line Policy, Consolidated Army Behavioral Health (BH), 29 Oct 13 (Requires CAC for access)
- OTSG/MEDCOM Policy Memo 13-020, Command Directed Behavioral Health Evaluations, 12 Apr 13 (Requires CAC for access)
- OTSG/MEDCOM Policy 12-035, Policy Guidance for the Assessment and Treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), 10 Apr 12
- AR 40-3, Medical, Dental, and Veterinary Care, 22 Feb 08 Rapid Action Revision 12 Mar 10 (Chapter 12 Use and Control of Psychological Test Materials)
- AR 40-501, Standards of Medical Fitness, 14 Dec 07 Rapid Action Revision 10 Sep 08
- Army Proponency Office for Behavioral Health, Policies and Documentation Web Page on AKO
- MEDCOM Reg 40-38, Command-Directed Mental Health Evaluations, 1 Sep 01
- Air Force Instruction (AFI) 44-172, Mental Health , 1 May 13 (This instruction implements Air Force Policy Directive (AFPD) 44-1, Medical Operations, and establishes guidance for United States Air Force (USAF) Mental Health (MH) services.)
- AFI 44-102, Medical Care Management, 20 Jan 12 (Chapter 13 Behavioral Health Services)
- AFI 44-109, Mental Health, Confidentiality, and Military Law, 1 Mar 00
|VA Mental Health Policies |
- VHA Handbook 1160.06, Inpatient Mental Health Services, 16 Sep 13
- VHA Handbook 1160.05, Local Implementation of Evidence-Based Psychotherapies for Mental and Behavioral Health Conditions, 5 Oct 12
- VHA Directive 1163, Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Services, 1 Jul 11 (Provides Department of Veterans Affairs policy concerning uniform and consistent national procedures for providing psychosocial rehabilitation and recovery services to eligible Veterans.)
- VHA Handbook 1163.01, Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Services 1 Jul 11 (Establishes procedures, expectations, and reporting requirements for Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery (PSR&R) services under the auspices of VHA’s Office of Mental Health Services.)
- VHA Handbook 1163.02, Therapeutic and Supported Employment Services, 1 Jul 11 (Establishes procedures for the provision of work restoration services for eligible Veterans.)
- VHA Handbook 1163.03, Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Centers (PRRC), 1 Jul 11 (Establishes procedures for transforming existing Day Treatment, Day Hospital, and analogous programs into PRRCs and for establishing new PRRCs.)
- VHA Handbook 1163.04, Psychosocial Rehabilitation Family Services, 1 Jul 11 (Establishes procedures for providing recovery-oriented family therapy services to eligible Veterans and eligible family members.)
- VHA Handbook 1163.05, Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Peer Support, 1 Jul 11 (Establishes procedures in providing peer support services throughout the mental health programs in VHA.)
- VHA Handbook 1162.02, Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (MHRRTP), 22 Dec 10 (Establishes the procedures and reporting requirements for the Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (MH RRTP) bed level of care.)
- VHA Handbook 1160.01, Uniform Mental Health Services in VA Medical Centers and Clinics, 11 Sep 08 (Provides guidelines for VA hospitals and clinics, specifing exactly what mental health services VA hospitals and clinics are required to offer to Veterans and their families.)
- IL 10-2010-013, Under Secretary for Health’s Information Letter, Expansion of Authority to Provide Mental Health and Other Services to Families of Veterans, 30 Aug 10
|TRICARE Mental Health Benefits |
TRICARE Mental Health Resources Page provides resources and information on behavioral health benefits, including how to get help, services that are covered, types of providers and conditions.
|Mental Health DoD and VA Programs |
|VA Specialized Residential Programs
- Batavia Residential Treatment Program for Women
The VA Western New York Healthcare System Women's Residential Program at Batavia offers a (WRP) for women veterans who have experienced military-sexual and/or combat trauma. Veterans will receive a complete clinical assessment of their trauma and treatment can range from five days up to 70 days in an all-female in-house treatment facility. The team includes a psychologist, social worker and social service assistants who work with the VA and other agencies.
- Batavia Treatment Programs
Also, the Batavia VA Center offers a Track I, Track II, and an outpatient group therapy programs and individual therapy to all veterans along with a support group for spouses and significant others. Treatment is tailored to each person's needs. This treatment might include: individual psychotherapy, family and group therapies, skills building, recreation, and medication management. There are also classes in relaxation, assertiveness, anger management, family and relationship issues, parenting, and the effects of trauma on the body. The residential program provides treatment for women who need to understand their trauma, stabilize their symptoms, develop skills for day-to-day life and relationships, and/or work through trauma-related memories and thoughts. Depending on the needs and goals of the veteran, the program can range from five days up to 70 days. There are structured daily activities, individual therapy, and group therapy.
- VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS)
The VA opened the Women's Mental Health Center in October 2002 to promote the psychological well-being of women veterans by offering individual and group therapy; and classes and seminars in response to the unique needs of the women who have serviced in the armed forces.
More than a decade ago, the Department of Veterans Affairs opened the National Women's Trauma Recovery Program (WTRP) as part of the National Center for PTSD at Menlo Park, CA. The WTRP, designed to treat women veterans with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), is the first residential program of its kind and is open to women across the country. Many of the women who are referred to the program were sexually assaulted during their military service and suffer what is now referred to as Military Sexual Trauma (MST).
- VHA Handbook 1162.02, Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (MH RRTP), 22 Dec 10
This Handbook provides the procedures and reporting requirements for the Mental Health (MH) Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (RRTP) bed level of care including: Domiciliary Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (DRRTP), Domiciliary Care for Homeless Veterans (DCHV), Psychosocial Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (PRRTP), Substance Abuse Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (SARRTP), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (PTSD-RRTP) and Compensated Work Therapy (CWT)-Transitional Residence (TR) Program.
- Specialized PTSD Treatment Programs in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Each medical center in the Department of Veterans Affairs provides some form of specialized expertise for veterans with PTSD. Below we describe the main types of VA programs offered for PTSD treatment:
- Specialized Outpatient PTSD Programs
- Specialized Intensive PTSD Program
- Special Local PTSD Programs
|Military Pathways® |
|Educational Materials |
Dot Mil Docs 92: Continuity of Care for Mental Health, 18 Jan 10 (A Military Health System audio broadcast in which the Director of the Deployment Health Clinical Center (DHCC) discusses the deployment health continuity of care for mental health that heals the wounded and builds their trust..)
The Iraq War Clinician Guide, 2nd Edition, For Mental Health Care Providers (The guide was developed by members of the National Center for PTSD and the Department of Defense for clinicians and addresses the unique needs of veterans of the Iraq war.)
Army Resilience Training (Formerly Battlemind Training, Resilience Training reflects a strength-based, positive psychology approach to Warrior behavioral health. It is designed for Warriors, Leaders, Spouses, Families and behavioral health providers. Training and information is targeted to all phases of the Warrior deployment cycle, Warrior life cycle and Warrior support system.)
|Web-based Training Materials |
|Suicide Prevention Training
- Soldiers, Stress and Depression
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