Resources & Reports
Expanding Access to Behavioral Health Services for Veterans and Their Families By: NYSHealth Priority Areas: Veterans' Health Date: April 2017 Type: Grant Outcome Reports, Grantee Name: RAND Corporation
In New York State, rates of behavioral health problems among veterans deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan are high: nearly one out of four struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder and/or depression, and close to 40% have reported binge drinking. Family members, including children, also experience high rates of behavioral health concerns, such as depression and anxiety. Although nearly all veterans are eligible for medical and behavioral health care at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), there are considerable barriers to accessing these services that require veterans to navigate both private and public health services. To create a coordinated care model, the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System began a collaboration with the Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center to create the Unified Behavioral Health Center for Military Veterans and Their Families (UBHC). This center uses a public-private model of care to provide behavioral health care for veterans and their families by co-locating and coordinating services across two independently governed sides. One side of the center is operated by the VA and serves veterans, whereas the other side is operated by a private-sector provider and primarily serves the families of veterans. In 2014, NYSHealth awarded RAND Corporation a grant to assess the impact of this partnership for expanding access to behavioral health services for veterans and their families.
Linking New York State Veterans and Their Families to Supportive Services By: NYSHealth Priority Areas: Veterans' Health Date: February 2017 Type: Grant Outcome Reports, Grantee Name: Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, Inc
In response to ongoing challenges facing veterans, the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) launched its Rapid Response Referral Program (RRRP) for returning veterans and their families. The program was designed to link veterans and their families to case managers and veteran-specific resources across New York City, providing broader access to benefits in a community setting. Services range from helping veterans and family members deal with depression and stress to connecting them to health care, mental health, legal, housing, and employment services. In 2013, NYSHealth awarded IAVA a grant to double its capacity by expanding RRRP across New York State. In 2015, NYSHealth awarded IAVA a second grant to further build upon the program’s expansion.
Investing in Veterans’ Health By: NYSHealth Priority Areas: Veterans' Health Date: February 2017 Type: Multimedia, Video
New York is home to the fourth-largest population of veterans in the United States. We know that half of veterans returning to New York from Iraq and Afghanistan prefer to receive care and services in their own communities, rather than at the VA. NYSHealth is committed to working with a broad set of partners to meet our common goal: ensuring that veterans have access to high-quality care and choices about where they get that care.
The Unified Behavioral Health Center for Military Veterans and Their Families By: RAND Corporation Priority Areas: Veterans' Health Date: October 2016 Type: Resources, Report
This NYSHealth-supported study, conducted by the RAND Corporation, examined the viability of a public-private partnership in providing coordinated care in behavioral health services for veterans and their families.Download: DOC
Expanding Supportive Services for Veterans and Their Families By: NYSHealth Priority Areas: Veterans' Health Date: May 2016 Type: Grant Outcome Reports, Grantee Name: Syracuse University Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF)
The most effective measures in preventing veteran homelessness are those that coordinate a comprehensive array of services to assist with housing, job placement, and counseling, as well as provide wraparound mental health, physical health, and substance use support. Implemented in 2012, the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) federal grant program supports community-based organizations that prevent veterans and their families from becoming homeless. In 2013, the VA increased SSVF funding to $300 million. To maximize the chances of receiving SSVF funding, community-based organizations serving veterans had to build their capacity. NYSHealth awarded a grant to the Syracuse University Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) to work directly with existing and new SSVF grantee applicants in New York State to increase their capacity to serve veterans and secure SSVF funding.
Replicating the Veterans Treatment Court Model Across New York By: NYSHealth Priority Areas: Veterans' Health Date: December 2015 Type: Grant Outcome Reports, Grantee Name: New York State Unified Court System
An alarming number of returning veterans suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, and substance use issues. Sometimes these challenges lead to involvement with the criminal justice system. First developed in 2008, the Buffalo Veterans Treatment Court (VTC) is a specialized court model that intervenes in cases for minor criminal acts involving veterans and seeks to meet the unique needs of these returning veterans by offering culturally sensitive support for mental health, substance use, unemployment, and homelessness. This court was the first of its kind in the nation to offer services to rehabilitate veterans and successfully reintegrate them into their communities. In 2009, the New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth) funded the New York State Unified Court System to conduct an evaluation of the Buffalo VTC program and identify the key elements of its success. In 2010, NYSHealth awarded New York State Unified Court System a second grant to replicate the VTC in 10 jurisdictions across New York State.
Driving Community Impact: The Case for Local, Evidence-Based Coordination in Veteran and Military Family Services and the AmericaServes Initiative By: Syracuse University Institute for Veterans and Military Families Priority Areas: Veterans' Health Date: April 2015 Type: Resources, Report
This NYSHealth-supported report from the Syracuse University Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) looks at the value that community-based coordination is beginning to play in serving America’s transitioning service members, veterans, and their families.Download: DOC
A Voice for Improving Mental Health Care for Veterans and Their Families By: NYSHealth Priority Areas: Veterans' Health Date: December 2014 Type: Grant Outcome Reports, Grantee Name: Mental Health Association of New York City, Inc.
In 2009, the Mental Health Association of New York City (MHA-NYC) began to focus more attention on veterans' mental health and substance use issues. In partnership with the National Alliance on Mental Illness of New York City, MHA-NYC organized the Veterans' Mental Health Coalition of New York City (VMHC-NYC). VMHC-NYC, along with Veterans' Health Alliance of Long Island (VHA-LI), seeks to address limited access to appropriate mental health supports by servicemembers, veterans, and their families. Both organizations include experts from the fields of mental health/substance use, health, social service, the Veterans Administration, and government, as well as representation from veterans and their families. In 2010, the New York State Health Foundation awarded a grant to MHA-NYC to enable the VMHC-NYC and VHA-LI to share a part-time project director.
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America New York State Outreach and Assessment Report Project By: NYSHealth Priority Areas: Veterans' Health Date: April 2014 Type: Grant Outcome Reports, Grantee Name: Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America
Since 2001, more than 2.2 million American men and women have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. After serving overseas, thousands of returning troops face significant challenges, including unemployment and serious mental health issues. Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, Inc., (IAVA) has worked to identify and resolve these issues on both national and local levels by building awareness, forming strategic partnerships, and providing assistance and advocacy. A major challenge for IAVA and other similar organizations, however, is finding and engaging returning veterans and their families, particularly National Guardsmen and reservists. IAVA has addressed this challenge by connecting with returning veterans and their families through online strategies, and has built a strong base of members, of which 7,000 are returning veterans. To better understand the challenges and needs of returning veterans and their families, NYSHealth awarded IAVA a grant to partner with the RAND Corporation to develop a needs assessment of veterans in New York State, which provides a local snapshot of the quality of life for veterans nationwide.
Serving Servicemembers: Replicating and Spreading Best Practices for Community-based Services for Vets and Their Families By: NYSHealth Priority Areas: Veterans' Health Date: December 2013 Type: Grant Outcome Reports, Grantee Name: Veterans Outreach Center, Inc.
Veterans’ health and wellbeing are the responsibility of both the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and other clinical and social service delivery systems. However, nearly half of New York State veterans prefer to receive care outside the VA system; therefore, it is vital to support community-based clinical and social services. In addition, 42% of veterans do not have a good understanding of the benefits available to them, indicating a significant need for improved outreach services. In 2011, NYSHealth awarded a grant to the Veterans Outreach Center, Inc., (VOC), to design and develop a blueprint to spread and replicate its successful model of service for helping meet the needs of veterans and their families in other organizations throughout New York State.