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The following six priority areas will help us achieve our vision:

  • Establish an Interagency Task Force, for the care of returning soldiers and their families to provide leadership to expand the role and capacity of communities to effectively address their needs. Maximize and align existing resources for addressing diverse needs; Review and generate recommendations and strategies contained in this report; Develop unified strategies to drive changes in the behavioral health care system; and Review and redesign purchasing mechanisms, rates and regulations to reflect new and changing programs.

  • Develop accessible systems of services for Veterans and their families that: Are culturally responsive and focus on the whole person and family; Include the treatment and rehabilitation services known to be most effective; and Develop a range of options for permanent and temporary housing for veterans.

  • Build strong communities for military families through: Formal relationships among local public, non-profit and business groups, organizations, professional organizations, state and local governmental entities, military community leaders, and other key stakeholders that support and sustain military families; Informal relationships among military families and non-military families; and Prevention and outreach efforts to support and develop resiliency in military families.

  • Expand screening, assessment and referral activities through: Develop a peer community of support that is accessible to veterans and their families; Strategic partnerships with Veterans Administration Medical Center, the Vet Center, Rhode Island National Guard, criminal justice system, first responders, the educational system, mental health and substance abuse professionals, health care providers, community-based organizations, professional associations, local, state, regional, and governmental entities, and other key stakeholders; and Cross-training initiatives for human service agencies’ staffs, community based providers, public safety professionals, and individuals in related disciplines to enhance screening, assessment, and referral skills.

  • Increase knowledge about available resources to assist veterans and their families through: A resource guide identifying local, state, regional, and national services; Communication mechanism that enhances knowledge exchange between and among all other key stakeholders;

A peer to peer community of support that is accessible to veterans and their families; and Informational workshops held in collaboration with public, non-profit business groups, professional organizations, state and local entities, military community leaders and other key stakeholders.

  • Develop a multi-pronged community effort to address stigma through: Coordination of community efforts with governmental and private services that provide services to returning veterans and their families;

Community outreach, support and educational programs for veterans, families, parents and grandparents that address issues of privacy and confidentiality; Meetings with military personnel to enhance understanding of the issues that veterans and families experience; Educational programs for teachers, communities of faith, courts, the judiciary and the legal system that are designed to help all stakeholders better understand the issues that veterans and their family members face; Design and implement a national engagement strategy; and Design and implement a Veterans Day event or series of events designed to increase visibility of veterans’ issues.


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