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KEY ISSUE 4

Expand screening, assessment and referral activities

Recommendation A: Develop a peer community of support that is accessible to veterans and their families.

Strategies:

1. Facilitate effective and efficient identification of veterans and/or their families within primary care systems, school systems, state agencies, and other community and employment settings needing intervention and/or treatment services.

Implementation Plan:

  • 1.

    Develop a peer-to peer program to assist male veterans experiencing psychological, emotional, and/or physical trauma.

  • 2.

    Develop a peer-to peer program to assist female veterans experiencing psychological, emotional, and/or physical trauma.

  • 3.

    Develop procedures for screening, recommendations for follow up and referral for assessment.

  • 4.

    Identify programs for referrals.

Action Steps:

1. Develop and/or identify curriculum to educate volunteer veterans to serve as a liaison to other veterans returning from combat.

2. Conduct training for volunteer veterans to assist other veterans using a variety of mechanisms ( i.e., available resources, one-to-one meetings, accompanying individual to appointments, etc.

  • 3.

    Create training venue for training of trainers for initial and subsequent implementation.

  • 5.

    Provide opportunities for volunteer veterans to link with guard and reserve units, community based

agencies, and other community and employment settings.

5.

Modify guidelines and training materials as necessary.

Recommendation B: Create strategic partnerships with Veterans Administration Medical Center, the Vet Center, Veteran Organizations, 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 to screen, assess, treat, and/or refer veterans and/or their families for appropriate care.

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