Partner Webinar: SAMHSA's Service Members, Veterans and their Families Technical Assistance Center


SAMHSA's Service Members, Veterans and their Families Technical Assistance Center Presents:

Asking this Critical Question Can Make a Difference:

"Have you or a loved one ever served in the military?"

Date: November 5, 2018
Time: 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. ET

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This Veteran's Day make a commitment to change how you and others talk to veterans and military families. Community providers and peers can play a critical role in identifying service members, veterans, and their families (SMVF) of all generations who are accessing care in our communities and healthcare systems. When SMVF are not properly screened within our systems, we are missing an opportunity to connect with those individuals, inform treatment planning decisions, and help SMVF access care and benefits.

The American Nurses Association launched one of the first efforts of this kind over 5 years ago when they began their "Have you ever served in the military?" campaign. Leaders in the state of New Hampshire developed the Ask the Question campaign and are launching a toolkit designed to assist healthcare providers in the implementation of a consistent approach to pose the question and to then refer SMVF to appropriate care and resources. Throughout the country, the states of Illinois, Kansas, Nevada, New Hampshire, and the city of Los Angeles have all implemented initiatives to integrate this question in screening practices.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA's) SMVF Technical Assistance Center will conduct a webinar that will provide guidance on how to implement this behavioral health priority. Presenters will outline concrete strategies that will enable stakeholders to develop a more coordinated system of care by connecting SMVF to available, military culture informed resources. The American Academy of Nursing "Have You Ever Served in the Military" campaign and New Hampshire's "Ask the Question" campaign and toolkit will be featured.

  • Susan Budassi Sheehy, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.E.N., F.A.A.N. - Professor, University of Delaware, College of Health Sciences, School of Nursing
  • Jo Moncher-Former Bureau Chief, Community-Based Military Programs, New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services
Learning Objectives
  • Provide an overview of how to ask about prior military experience when screening and discuss how to respect a veteran's choice not to disclose their military experiences
  • Review recent studies that outline why delivery of quality care is tied to screening for military service
  • Describe successful initiatives that have been implemented to identify SMVF in systems of care and to strengthen support structures within behavioral health agencies
  • Provide best practice approaches to transforming a behavioral health system from within and engage commitment from agency leadership
  • Discuss ways to create internal military liaisons and/or veteran and military family support teams
  • Explore how to connect the Ask the Question campaign across all SMVF program areas across a state

Target Audience: Healthcare providers and peers serving SMVF from city, county, state, territory, and tribal behavioral health systems.

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Please note:
  • Participants will only be able to hear the webinar through their computer via headphones or speakers
  • Participants are asked to test their system before the broadcast
  • The webinar archive will be made available to registrants after the webinar
  • Continuing education units are not available for this webinar

If you have any questions about your registration, please contact Philip Paty at (518) 439-7415, ext. 5272, or by email at
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