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For Military Members
Voucher System to Broaden Provider Choice
A voucher system through SAMHSA's Access to Recovery (ATR) discretionary grants program that expands military members' access to substance abuse treatment and recovery services and increases diversity of network providers. Currently, 14 states and 1 tribal organization participate in this system.
A substance abuse prevention program for National Guard members that teaches effective communication skills. Through the program, participants learn how to recognize and address behavioral health issues in themselves and in their battle buddies and how to encourage their peers to get professional help. The National Guard found a model program through SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices and then worked to make the training relevant for military culture.
For States and Territories Focused on Helping Service Members
Returning Service Members, Veterans, and Families' Policy Academies
The program assists states in creating comprehensive statewide plans to address the culturally distinct behavioral needs of military service members, veterans and their families. To date, 16 states and 2 territories have participated, and other states plan to follow suit by the end of 2011.
Building Bridges to Support Military and Veteran Families: Healthcare Providers Resource Guide
A quick reference of relevant resources for the provider working with servicemembers, veterans, and families to maintain their health and positive family functioning. The guide was developed by SAMHSA, DoD, VA, the Vet Centers, and the Health Resources and Services Administration.
Operation Immersion (OI)
A two-day experiential training where participants are immersed in the military lifestyle. Since its launch in 2010, 500 private sector mental health professionals (recipients of SAMHSA ATR discretionary grants) have graduated from the training.