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KEY ISSUE 2

Develop accessible systems of services for Veterans and their families.

Recommendation A: Develop a culturally responsive and comprehensive continuum of care for children, youth and families coordinated with the mental health, health care, education, training and law enforcement systems, courts and other service agencies.

Strategies:

1. Identify community based programs including the educational system providing services to veterans and or family members of deployed soldiers.

  • 2.

    Review services provided and identify existing gaps and/or potential barriers to accessing of services.

  • 3.

    Generate recommendations to assist programs in developing and/or enhancing culturally responsive

services.

4. Coordinate and monitor implementation of recommendations across state agencies and communities.

Recommendation B: Utilize treatment and rehabilitation services known to be most effective.

Strategies:

1. Increase expertise and training in evidence-based/best practices across systems and services.

Implementation Plan

  • 1.

    Based on agreed upon outcomes and best practices, develop at training plan in evidence-based techniques and best practices leveraging the training resources of various state and federal agencies.

  • 2.

    Cross-train human service agencies’ staffs, providers’ workforces and individuals in related disciplines to enhance treatment skills for fidelity to established evidence-based methods.

  • 3.

    Set priorities for training curriculum to address the special needs of veterans and their families with the Drug and Alcohol Treatment Association of Rhode Island, Community Council; the Rhode Island Council of Community Mental Health Organizations, the Addiction Technology Transfer Center of New England, the New England Institute of Addiction Studies and other training entities.

  • 4.

    Collaborate with academic institutions, professional organizations, and other primary care providers to set priorities for training curriculum that address the special needs of veterans and their families.

5.

Assist programs in the implementation and adoption of best practices and monitor progress.

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