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Military Families

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Supporting America’s service men and women—Active Duty, National Guard, Reserve, and Veteran—together with their families and communities by leading efforts to ensure that needed behavioral health services are accessible and that outcomes are positive.

Leading Change: A Plan for SAMHSA's Roles and Actions 2011 – 2014 (PDF 778KB)

WHAT WE ARE DOING

Programs

  • Service Members, Veterans, and their Families Technical Assistance Center: Works with states, territories, and tribes develop effective, responsive behavioral health systems for service members, veterans, and their families. Also manages the Service Members, Veterans, and their Families Policy Academies.
  • Veterans Crisis Line: In partnership with SAMHSA's National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, the Veterans Crisis Line connects veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text. Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online, or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
  • Jail Diversion and Trauma Recovery Program - Priority to Veterans: Supports local implementation and statewide expansion of trauma-informed jail diversion programs for people with post traumatic stress (PTSD) and other trauma-related disorders states, prioritizing veterans.
  • National Child Traumatic Stress Network: Established to improve access to care, treatment, and service for traumatized children and adolescents exposed to traumatic events. Their Military Family Resource Area and Knowledge Bank provides access to information for military family members, mental health and medical providers, educators and others on the stressors facing military families and children. It provides effective options for coping and intervention.

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Publications & Multimedia

Grantee Projects

  • National Child Traumatic Stress Network exit disclaimer icon: Established to improve access to care, treatment, and service for traumatized children and adolescents exposed to traumatic events.
  • Military Families Podcast Series and Webinars exit disclaimer icon: A series of 20 short pod casts called the “Essentials for Those Who Care for Military Children and Families.” In addition, a Master Speaker webinar series on topics which include Community Provider collaboration and support to Military Service Member Families, U.S. Army Culture, and the Combat Operational Stress Model. (Log-in required.)

 

Last updated: 05/28/2013