SAMHSA facilitates innovative community-based solutions that foster access to evidence-based prevention, treatment, and recovery support services for military servicemembers, veterans, and their families at risk for or experiencing mental and/or substance use disorders by providing state-of-the-art technical assistance, consultation, and training. The Veterans and Military Families page provides an overview of these efforts as well as links to related research and information.
The SMVF TA Center works with states and territories to strengthen their behavioral health systems for servicemembers, veterans, and their families. This is accomplished through public/private collaborations among federal, state, territorial, tribal, and local agencies, through the following activities:
• Monitoring evolving trends in the behavioral health-focused prevention, treatment, and recovery support needs of SMVF and in the challenges faced by states and territories in trying to meet those needs
• Providing technical assistance (TA), training, and consultation to teams within states and territories in ways that promote coordination among community, military, and veteran service systems
• Identifying, disseminating, and encouraging the adoption of promising, best, and evidence-based practices that support the resilience and emotional health of SMVF, including but not limited to best practices in suicide prevention, mental health, substance use treatment, peer recovery support services, homelessness prevention, justice-involved veterans, and employment
• Identifying experts and resources to meet the evolving needs of states and territories related to strengthening behavioral health care systems and services for SMVF
• Supporting the planning and implementation of SMVF Policy and Implementation Academies, including the provision of pre- and post-Academy technical assistance
Military families experience unique life challenges that can put children in stressful situations. The resources here are designed by SAMHSA, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCSTN), and other organizations to help military families and the health professionals who care for them. It provides resources for parents and caregivers, military families, educators and school personnel, and providers in health care and other systems.
The SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions (CIHS) developed this guide for primary and behavioral healthcare professionals serving veterans and their families. All of these resources and more are available from CIHS’ website.
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SAMHSA’s Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator, provides a source of information for persons seeking treatment facilities in the United States or U.S. Territories for substance abuse/addiction and/or mental health problems. The tool can be accessed via phone or through an online search tool.
SAMHSA’s National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. By dialing 1-800-273-TALK (8255), the call is routed to the nearest crisis center in our national network of more than 150 crisis centers. The Lifeline’s national network of local crisis centers provide crisis counseling and mental health referrals day and night.
To help our nation's veterans overcome substance use disorders, review more information and resources at: www.samhsa.gov/veteransmilitaryfamilies