DMHAS: Resource Rep Program (RRP)

DMHAS Veteran's Services
 
Veteran's Resource Representative Program
 

DMHAS Veterans Services provides a 3-day training for DMHAS clinicians (twice per year). The training is offered through the DMHAS Education and Training Division course catalog. The purpose of the training is to ask clinicians to be mindful that veterans are among their participant matrix; to inform them of the full range of services and benefits available to eligible veterans; and to encourage them to always "go deeper" with veterans -- to explore character of service and eligibility questions and to connect them with VA Healthcare or to VA claims advocates when necessary. 

 

 

DMHAS Education & Training Catalogue Listing

In April 2008, the Rand Corporation reported that among military personnel who served in Iraq and/or Afghanistan, 18.5%, or 300,000, are currently struggling with psychological problems, principally Depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Anxiety. The Rand Study also indicated that as many as 320,000 may have mild-to-moderate traumatic brain injuries (TBI). Researchers at the Walter Reed Institute of Research, looking at returning units’ post deployment health re-assessments (PDHRA’s) conducted 90 to 180 days following their return from theater, found that nearly 50% of reserve component veterans report experiencing psychological symptoms.   

                                   

We now know that no one who has experienced combat will remain unaffected. As one Soldier put it, “You don’t have the option to not be scarred by war.”  As citizens who care deeply about the well-being of the men and women we have sent into service in our name, it is our challenge to find ways to support them upon their return.

DMHAS’ Military Support Program, now entering its fourth year, provides a range of behavioral health services to National Guard and Reserve members and their families. DMHAS’ new Veterans Jail Diversion Program seeks to identify, engage and divert justice-involved combat veterans from incarceration into treatment and trauma recovery programs. These programs represent new social structures built to marshal the good will and clinical expertise of citizens working within the behavioral health community. Together, our goal is to effectively meet the clinical needs of service members, veterans and their families. The purpose of the Veterans Resource Representative Training Program, now in its third year, is to provide DMHAS clinicians the necessary tools to do the job well.  

  

Maintaining the psychological health, enhancing the resilience, and ensuring the recovery of Soldiers and their family members following their experience in war is a responsibility that DMHAS is proud to fulfill. This training will enhance our ability to achieve these noble, necessary goals. 

 
Training Outline
 

Register through DMHAS Education & Training Catalogue

 

This is a 3-day training program available to all DMHAS clinicians, as well as clinicians within DMHAS-funded agencies. The only requirement for enrollment is that you care about the well-being of Veterans, Soldiers and their family members, and that you wish to learn about how you may fulfill a leadership role assisting veterans in your workplace. Once trained, you will be recognized as a Veterans Resource Representative within your employment organization, the “go to” person for answers regarding Veterans benefits. The training will provide basic information on state and federal veterans benefits, associated eligibility requirements, and understanding when, and how, to apply.  

The training will include:

  • An overview of the Homecoming experiences of military personnel returning from deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan, including discussion of psychological health problems (the hidden wounds) prevalent among our returning Soldiers (PTSD, TBI).
  • The role of the federal and state Departments of Veterans Affairs (VA and State DVA), as well as the Connecticut Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF)/Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) Coordinating Committee in addressing the needs of Veterans, Soldiers and their family members.
  • Practical suggestions on how ordinary citizens may actively support returning military service personnel in their homecoming transition.
  • A comprehensive overview of State and Federal Veterans benefits, including eligibility criteria and a detailed explanation on how to apply for each benefit.
  • Opportunity to meet directly with selected clinicians from VA and State DVA to discuss when and how to assist Veterans’ access to specific behavioral healthcare programs (Inpatient and outpatient mental health and substance abuse services, VA residential contract care, housing, employment, direct financial assistance, and other recovery support services available to veterans).
DMHAS Veterans Resource Representative Training Program

TRAINING OUTLINE

DAY 1                                    

9:00AM – 10:00AM       WELCOME/OVERVIEW OF TRAINING GOALS OEF/OIF

                                OVERVIEW

 

10:00AM – 10:45AM     THE ROAD HOME FROM WAR

 

10:45AM – 11:00AM     BREAK

 

11:00AM – 12:15PM     THE ROAD HOME (continued)

 

12:15PM – 1:15PM       LUNCH

 

1:15PM – 2:00PM         TRAUMA-INTEGRATED CARE IN A

                                DMHAS TREATMENT SETTING

 

2:00PM – 2:30PM         VA CONNECTICUT HEALTHCARE SYSTEM 

 

2:30PM – 2:45PM         BREAK

 

2:30PM – 3:15PM         VA VETERANS READJUSTMENT AND COUNSELING

                                SERVICE: THE VET CENTER SYSTEM

 

3:15PM – 4:00PM         DMHAS VETERANS SERVICES

                                    - Veterans Resource Representative Program

                                    - Military Support Program

                                          ~ Clinical Network

                                          ~ National Guard Clinical Embed

                                    - Jail Diversion/Trauma Recovery for Veterans

                                    - State Police S.T.O.P.S. Program 

 

DAY 2 

9:00AM – 9:15AM        OVERVIEW OF TRAINING GOALS

 

9:15AM – 10:00AM       VA SERVICES: DETERMINING ELIGIBILITY

 

10:00AM – 10:15AM      BREAK 

 

10:15AM – 11:15AM      ACCESSING VA BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES/

                                 VA SUICIDE PREVENTION PROGRAM

 

11:15AM – 12:00PM      VA NURSING HOME CONTRACT CARE PROGRAM 

 

12:00PM – 1:00PM        LUNCH 

 

1:00PM – 2:00PM         OVERVIEW OF STATE VETERANS BENEFITS 

 

2:00PM – 2:15PM         BREAK 

 

2:15PM – 3:15PM         OVERVIEW OF FEDERAL VETERANS BENEFITS 

 

3:15PM – 3:45PM         DD FORM 214/COMMON VA FORMS 

 

3:45PM – 4:00PM         OPEN DISCUSSION/RECAP

 

 

DAY 3                                    

9:00AM – 9:15AM         WELCOME/OVERVIEW OF TRAINING GOALS

 

9:15AM – 10:15AM        ACQUIRED BRAIN INJURY/TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY

 

10:15AM – 10:30AM      BREAK 

 

11:00AM – 11:30AM      ABI/TBI (Continued) 

 

11:30AM – 12:00PM      SHORT FILMS: “Now After” and Kapisa”

                                 by Kyle Hausmann-Stokes 

 

12:00PM – 1:00PM        LUNCH 

 

1:00PM – 2:00PM          VA HEALTHCARE FOR HOMELESS VETERANS PROGRAM

 

2:00PM – 2:30PM          APPLYING FOR THE STATE VETERANS

                                 HOME DOMICILLIARY 

 

2:30PM – 2:45PM          BREAK 

 

2:45PM – 3:30PM          JAIL DIVERSION/TRAUMA RECOVERY FOR VETERANS

 

3:30PM - 4:00PM          OPEN DISCUSSION/COURSE EVALUATION

 

 

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