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The Vision

Since September 11, 2001, more than 3,800 members of the Rhode Island National Guard have been deployed with more deployments expected. As research has demonstrated, our returning soldiers and their families will present new challenges for the health care system. It is clear that although services are available to meet these challenges, there are gaps in the service system. Our active duty personnel, veterans, and their families, who have given much sacrifice for our well being, now require our committed service to them.

We envision a system in which individuals, families, employers, academics, the Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center, the Vet Center and other communities and service agencies work cooperatively toward the development of an easily accessible and knowledgeable system of care for veterans, returning soldiers, and their families. Through the development an interagency task force, the State of Rhode Island will make strategic investments for individuals, families and communities most affected by the consequences of combat.

Principles for Success

  • Veterans, soldiers, and/or families needing treatment and/or other interventions are identified early, effectively

and efficiently.

  • Veterans, soldiers, and/or families receive effective assessments and are referred to appropriate levels of care.

  • A continuum of services, with supply corresponding to appropriate demand, is available and well managed.

  • Assessment, treatment and support services are timely, appropriate and effectively delivered.

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