Headstrong Project, Inc.
March 2017 – May 2018
More veterans are returning home with serious mental health issues, and suicide rates are increasing among these returning service members.
An ongoing shortage of VA mental health providers who are able to meet the increasing demand for behavioral health care has caused veterans to experience significant wait times for appointments. Additionally, a recent survey found that only 13% of civilian mental health providers meet the readiness criteria to provide culturally competent care to veterans. To meet these service gaps, the Headstrong Project (Headstrong) developed a fully integrated behavioral health care program for veterans in need of mental health treatment, which has been particularly successful in New York City. The program quickly connects veterans to culturally competent clinicians who then develop a treatment program specifically tailored to their needs and goals—at no cost to the veterans.
In 2017, NYSHealth awarded Headstrong a grant to expand its program to other regions of New York State where veterans are concentrated and in need of mental health services.