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New annual report highlights joint DoD/VA/HHS efforts to provide mental health services | Health.mil

New annual report highlights joint DoD/VA/HHS efforts to provide mental health services | Health.mil
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New annual report highlights joint DoD/VA/HHS efforts to provide mental health services

U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Cohen A. Young
U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Cohen A. Young

THe military and two federal agencies released their yearly report on how to improve access to mental health services for veterans, service members and their families. The Departments of Defense (DoD), Health and Human Services (HHS), and Veterans Affairs (VA) released the 2016 Annual Report of the Interagency Task Force on Military and Veterans Mental Health. It addresses several key areas in care, including how to improve the transition from military health care to the VA. In addition, the report looked at how to better share information between the HHS and its state and community-level partners and how to improve training for community providers who deliver services to veterans, service members and their families.
“The mental health of those who have and continue to serve, as well as their families, is of utmost important to us,” said Dr. John Davison, chief of the Condition-Based Specialty Care Section of the Defense Health Agency’s Clinical Support Division and member of the task force. “We want to build an environment that addresses the issues of suicide and its causes, and provide the best possible access to the best possible care.”
The report details progress across eight key policy areas. Some of these include: suicide prevention, joint clinical and outcome measures, and partnerships with local communities. It also highlights recent accomplishments and ongoing initiatives, including:
  • Providing a single, national toll-free phone number (1-800-273-TALK) to have anytime telephone support to individuals in crisis.
  • Enhancing access to mental health care by building partnerships between VA and community providers. This included establishing a one-stop, web-based repository of DoD, VA and HHS tools to provide community organizations and clinicians with information and resources to support their work with veterans.
  • Updating TRICARE coverage to eliminate mental health treatment limitations and excess out of pocket costs. This ensures parity between the mental health and medical/surgical benefit for service members, retirees and their families.
“What we’ve been able to accomplish so far, and will continue to accomplish, will only be possible through continued close cooperation between the DoD, HHS and VA,” said U.S. Public Health Service Capt. Robert DeMartino, director of Mental Health Policy for the assistant secretary of Defense for Health Affairs and task force member.  “We are collectively advancing mental health and substance use care across the federal enterprise utilizing joint resources and best practices.”

Marks: Helping other service members matters most

Article
11/18/2016
Army Sgt. Elizabeth Marks won two gold medals at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio, setting world records in the 100-meter and 50-meter breaststroke swimming events. She is currently training for the 2020 Paralympic Games that will take place in Japan.
ESPY Award Winner Army Sgt. Elizabeth Marks is reaching for higher heights in spite of her limitations and accomplishments
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Interagency Task Force on Military and Veterans Mental Health

Report
11/17/2016
This report provides an update on interdepartmental actions during 2015 and 2016 to fulfill the ITF recommendations, and outline continuing efforts to further improve mental health treatment and programs for Veterans, Service members, and their families.
Related Topics:Mental Health CareDoD/VA Sharing Initiatives

Warrior Care Month Recognition

Policy
In this memorandum, Secretary of Defense, Ash Carter recognizes November as Warrior Care Month, an important DoD-wide effort to increase awareness of programs and resources available to wounded, ill, and injured Service members, as well as their families, caregivers and others to support them.
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  • Date: 11/14/2016
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  • Topics: Warrior Care

The future of intensive care: Tele-ICU

Article
11/7/2016
United States Air Force Medical Service Seal
The Mike O’Callaghan Federal Medical Center partners with Veteran Affairs to bring the first Tele-ICU to the Critical Care Unit, improving the quality of patient care
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Warrior Care Month brings attention to programs, resources

Article
11/4/2016
Mr. James Rodriguez, deputy assistant secretary of defense, Office of Warrior Care Policy, meets with a service member during an Operation Warfighter internship fair. Operation Warfighter is a Department of Defense internship program that matches qualified wounded, ill and injured service members with federal internship opportunities during their recovery and rehabilitation.
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Depression symptoms can increase with concussion

Article
11/4/2016
U.S. Army Sgt. Eric Puglio, right, of Foxtrot Battery, 1st Battalion, 41st Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade bandages Army Sgt. Derrick Rouse's head after he received a simulated injury. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Carol A. Lehman)
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Collaboration between DoD, VA aims to improve initiatives for women's health

Article
11/3/2016
As the number of women in the military, as well as those transitioning to VA care, continues to grow, the DoD and VA are working together to meet health-related needs for female service members. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Angela Lorden)
Health Affairs' Women’s Health working group has come together to address needs and issues affecting the health of women in the military and transitioning into VA care
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Warrior Care VA visit

Photo
11/2/2016
Dr. Linda Spoonster Schwartz, assistant secretary for policy and planning for the Department of Veterans Affairs, addressed the audience during a panel discussion on international and interagency relationships at James A. Haley Veteran’s Hospital in Tampa, Florida, Oct. 27, 2016. (MHS photo)
Dr. Linda Spoonster Schwartz, assistant secretary for policy and planning for the Department of Veterans Affairs, addressed the audience during a panel discussion on international and interagency relationships at James A. Haley Veteran’s Hospital in Tampa, Florida, Oct. 27, 2016. (MHS photo)
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Supporting warrior care through interagency, international relationships

Article
11/2/2016
Dr. Linda Spoonster Schwartz, assistant secretary for policy and planning for the Department of Veterans Affairs, addressed the audience during a panel discussion on international and interagency relationships at James A. Haley Veteran’s Hospital in Tampa, Florida, Oct. 27, 2016. (MHS photo)
The Warrior Care in the 21st Century Symposium concluded with a visit to the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital in Tampa, Florida
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Traversing obstacles at the new terrain park

Article
11/1/2016
The new terrain park outside of the Military Advanced Training Center at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center provides another means for Walter Reed Bethesda physical therapists to simulate uneven terrain for their amputee patients without having to go to specific destinations to do so. (DoD photo by Mark Oswell)
Physical therapists use the new terrain park to simulate uneven terrain for their amputee patients
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Don’t let holiday stress get you down

Article
10/31/2016
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Despite the fun and enjoyment the holidays can bring for many, for others, it can be a time of stress
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Collaboration, shared learning are key themes as the second annual Warrior Care in the 21st Century Symposium begins

Article
10/27/2016
Warrior Care in the 21st Century
Senior defense leaders and representatives from 14 nations kicked off the second annual Warrior Care in the 21st Century Symposium
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Guice, Rodriguez provide opening remarks at Warrior Care symposium

Article
10/26/2016
Dr. Karen Guice, Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, provided remarks at the first day of the second annual Warrior Care in the 21st Century Symposium in Tampa, Florida. “We fight together and we heal together,” she said of the collaborative approach and engagement that was represented by attendees. “Sharing our approaches and our research in solving the kind of problems that lead to innovative ways to address and solve each one together – this work never stops. Now is not the time to become complacent or reduce our focus, nor is it the time to limit investments.” (Courtesy photo)
Karen Guice, Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, along with James Rodriguez Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Office of Warrior Care Policy, Office of the Secretary of Defense provided opening remarks for attendees
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Women face unique challenges when getting a prosthesis

Article
10/21/2016
Army Spc. Cherdale Allen shows off two of her prosthetic legs: one for walking and the other for high heels.
For military women who have to get a prosthesis, there are considerations unique to them. Among them are a more natural look and a prosthesis that works with traditional women’s fashions.
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Army honors wounded, ill and injured Soldiers during Warrior Care Month

Article
10/19/2016
November is Warrior Care Month
Each November the Army honors wounded, ill and injured Soldiers and their families by commemorating Warrior Care Month
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