Category: Military and Veterans Psychology
Keywords: Veterans | Military | Implementation
Presentation Type: Panel Discussion
An estimated 85,000 troops who served in Iraq and Afghanistan have returned to New York since 2001, 22% of whom are estimated to have a probable diagnosis of posttruamatic stress disorder (PTSD) and/or depression. Substance abuse and traumatic brain injury are also highly prevelant (Schell & Tanielian, 2011). Returning vetearns contribute to the the total number of New York military veterans, who in 2016 were tallied at over 900,000 people (US. Department of Veterans Affairs, 2017), many of whom continue to suffer from mental health problems related to previous conflicts or other aspects of military service. Yet, a significant number of veterans do not receive adequate care. Many veterans do not qualify for mental health services through the VA, while nearly half prefer to seek care outside of the VA system due to concerns related to privacy, quality of service, etc. Family members of veterans often suffer mental health challenges as well, including higher rates of depression, yet similarly lack access to quality care (Schell & Tanielian, 2011).
In response to this state of affairs, three New York hospitals, including Columbia University Medical Center, Weill-Cornell Medical College, and NYU Langone Medical Center, have created grant-sponsored, private treatment centers for the care of military servicemembers, military veterans, and their families. These programs offer free mental health services, focusing on time-limited, evidence-based treatments. The three hospitals have formed a consortium to share knowledge and resources in the interest of better serving the military community. This panel discussion will explore the development and current status of these programs and the consortium as a whole, including outlining the factors that led to the creation of the programs and the consortium, discussing challenges along the way, reviewing lessons learned, and offering tips and information regarding forming mental health programs for veterans and their families and the establishment of public/private partersnhips. The panel will also discuss issues pertaining to the treatment of veterans and their families in general, such as stigma and shame.
Associate Director, Columbia Veterans Research Center
Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute
Saturday, November 18
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Weill Cornell Medical College
NYU Langone Medical Center
Clinical Director - US VETS - Outside the Wire
Long Beach VA Medical Center
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