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NYS Chapter's Veterans Mental Health Training Initiative
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New York State Chapter of NASW Offers

Veterans Mental Health Training Initiative

For more information, see description and upcoming date below,
or click here to download a PDF of the full brochure.

Friday, June 29th - Long Island, NY

Islandia Marriot 3635 Express Drive N

Islandia, NY 11749


The NYS Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers developed the Veterans Mental Health Training Initiative (VMHTI), a statewide multi-year comprehensive training project, created in response to the identified workforce shortage of community mental health providers with expertise in military culture and the treatment of veteran specific mental health conditions. The goal of the VMHTI is to build the capacity of New York’s community mental health workforce to better serve our returning veterans and their families. The initial launch of VMHTI programming (2009-10) was funded through the NYS Legislature and educated hundreds of mental health providers across New York State through regional conferences. The second wave of the VMHTI (Feb-Aug 2012), funded through a grant from the NYS Health Foundation, offers regional conferences with expanded training content including several advanced clinical sessions offering evidence-based assessment and treatment methods for veteran specific conditions such as combat specific PTSD, traumatic brain injury (TBI), substance abuse, and suicide prevention in addition to core sessions on understanding military culture, issues specific to women veterans, and military sexual trauma. Each event hosts an exhibit area for regional programs, services and resources serving veterans and/or their families to inform attendees about veterans specific resources and benefits in their area.

VMHTI training curriculum is developed by an advisory committee comprised of veterans experts, representatives from veterans service programs, relevant federal, state and local agencies as well as current and retired members of the military, military family members and other stakeholder organizations in collaboration with chapter staff. In addition to the development and provision of trainings, the VMHTI has created a Policy Council to explore and identify current gaps in services/ resources to meet the mental health needs of returning soldiers and their families. The Policy Council will make policy recommendations to address identified service gaps and advance policy recommendations through legislative action at the state and federal level.

The 2012-13 NYS budget includes a $500,000 appropriation for the VMHTI. NASW-NYS in collaboration with the Medical Society of the State of NY and the NYS Psychiatric Association will expand the VMHTI to educate primary care healthcare providers in addition to the community mental health workforce in veterans specific issues.


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