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  • A silhouette of a Servicemember with a gun stands alone under the sunset.

    "America's Veterans deserve the very best health care because they've earned it." -Jim Ramstad

  • An African American Veteran in his 40s are pushing the wheels of his wheelchair with both his hands on a race track.

    "By their sacrifice, they give us our strength, our vibrancy."-General Colin L. Powell

  • A female Servicemember with a smile is talking to a female Veteran who holds a cup of coffee sits on a wheelchair.

    "How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!"– Maya Angelou

  • Two male Servicemembers sit next to each other in front a middle-eastern style house while one of them is eating some snacks.

    "They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices."-Harry S. Truman

  • An old male Veteran is facing a wall with symbols/icons of military branches.

    "This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave"-Elmer Davis

WELCOME TO THE COMMUNITY PROVIDER TOOLKIT

Community providers play an essential role in ensuring America’s Veterans receive the support they have earned. The purpose of this toolkit is to link community providers with information and resources that are relevant to Veteran’s health and well-being.

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This toolkit supports the behavioral health and wellness of Veterans receiving services outside the VA health care system. Resources available in this toolkit include information on screening for military service, handouts and trainings to increase knowledge about military culture and mini-clinics focused on relevant aspects of behavioral health and wellness.

Sign up for the Community Provider Toolkit's email list and you’ll be the first to know about new resources and topics for mini-clinics, important content updates, relevant VA news and announcements, and more.

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Has your client served in the military? You may be surprised to hear that military background is not always shared by Veterans with their health care providers. Asking about military service is simple, quick and can have important implications for available benefits.

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Serving in the military is a way of life. The military is a rich and distinct culture, made up of shared history, values, symbols, and perspectives. Within this culture are subgroups - each military branch has unique characteristics.

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Mini-Clinics are intended to provide clinicians with easy access to useful Veteran focused treatment tools. Each mini-clinic is focused on a different mental health condition and highlights key tools in areas including assessment, training, and educational handouts.

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Recovery Update is a periodic newsletter intended to disseminate Psychosocial Recovery (PSR) information, news and developments.

Our third issue of Recovery Update is up! This issue features information on putting the recovery model intro practice, utilizing Supported Employment (SE) in psychosocial recovery, and choosing to disclose stigmatized aspects of self. PLUS -- recovery reminders from VA Puget Sound and an "Ask a Veteran" section from a national panel of Veterans Mental Health Councils (VHMC). The key topics are:

  • Putting Recovery Concepts into Practice
  • Utilizing SE Resources in PSR
  • Ask a Veteran: National VMHC Panel
  • Recovery Reminders
  • Concealable and Stigmatized Aspects of Self
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