Returning Veterans: Upcoming
SAMHSA, along with the U.S. Department
of Defense and the U.S. Department
of Veterans Affairs, is sponsoring
a national conference—“Paving
the Road Home: The National Behavioral
Health Conference and Policy Academy
on Returning Veterans and Their Families.”
The conference, open to the public
on August 11, is intended
for representatives of veterans and
service organizations, service providers,
family members, and veterans themselves.
A major goal
is to strengthen the behavioral health
systems on a state level by ensuring
that community efforts are coordinated
and collaborative, urging peer-to-peer
veteran support networks.
will focus on issues facing veterans
of both genders and all ranks and services
and their family members.
Possible topics include:
Improving state models and
best practices for meeting mental health
and substance abuse needs
Developing appropriate competence
in military culture among those working
with returning veterans and their families
Understanding traumatic brain
injury and post-traumatic stress disorder
Increasing awareness about
suicide prevention and mental health
Addressing substance use,
mental and co-occurring conditions,
and traumatic stress.
The conference is a followup to the
2006 SAMHSA national conference on
veterans (see SAMHSA
News online, May/June
Attendance is limited to 500 people.
For more information on the conference
and how to register, visit SAMHSA’s
Web site at http://samhsa.gov/vets/conference2008.aspx.