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About the Service Members, Veterans, and their Families Technical Assistance (SMVF TA) Center

SMVF TA Center helps states and territories develop effective and responsive behavioral health systems for service members, veterans, and their families.

The SMVF TA Center works with states and territories to strengthen their behavioral health systems for service members (including active duty, National Guard, and reservists), veterans, and their families.  This is accomplished through public/private collaborations among federal, state, territorial, tribal, and local agencies, through the following activities:

  • Monitoring evolving trends in the behavioral health-focused prevention, treatment, and recovery support needs of SMVF and in the challenges faced by states and territories in trying to meet those needs
  • Providing technical assistance (TA), training, and consultation to teams within states and territories in ways that promote coordination among community, military, and veteran service systems
  • Identifying, disseminating, and encouraging the adoption of promising, best, and evidence-based practices that support the resilience and emotional health of SMVF, including but not limited to best practices in suicide prevention, mental health, substance use treatment, peer recovery support services, homelessness prevention, justice-involved veterans, and employment
  • Identifying experts and resources to meet the evolving needs of states and territories related to strengthening behavioral health care systems and services for SMVF
  • Supporting the planning and implementation of SMVF Policy and Implementation Academies, including the provision of pre- and post-Academy technical assistance

Learn more about the overall goal of the SMVF Implementation Academy.

Last Updated: 10/17/2014