A great deal of research support early identification and intervention as a means of reducing myriad of health and mental health problems (Hoel, 1998; Taylor, Adelman, & Howard, 2000). Additionally it is clear that collaborations and partnerships are essential in effective health promotion and service delivery in the context of limited financial and human resources (Anderson, Guthrie, & Schirle, 2002; Rubin, 1998). As we are challenged to find new ways to promote efficient service delivery, many endorse the development of partnership building strategies.
KEY ISSUE 1
Establish an interagency task force to provide leadership to expand the role and capacity of communities to effectively address the needs of returning soldiers and their families.
Recommendation A: Maximize and align existing resources for addressing diverse needs.
Identify of all key stakeholders to assist in implementing the recommendations contained in this report.
Develop specific plans and timelines for implementing the recommendations and strategies contained in this
Gather broad public input to identify specific needs of returning veterans and their families.
Monitor federal, private and other funding opportunities for the implementation of the blueprint.
Recommendation B: Review and generate recommendations to address the specific needs of children of deployed or returning soldiers involved in the educational system.
Work with the Rhode Island Department of Education and/or Student Assistance Program to identify needs of children of deployed and/or returning soldiers.
Identify existing programs and generate recommendations for teachers, student assist counselors and other key personnel within the educational system to implement when a child or a deployed and/or returning soldier is identified.
Recommendation C: Develop unified strategies to drive changes in the behavioral health care system.
Generate recommendations for improving state-level operations, reducing duplication of effort and facilitating communication
Work with existing government organizations to assess the current administrative practices and propose changes to support interagency collaboration.
Ensure vet-to-vet program dissemination to community-based organizations.
Ensure availability of and access to programs for veterans and families as needed.