integrated care and reducing veteran distress

Effective interventions to treat psychiatric distress, dysfunction, and substance misuse are a must for veterans, a unique population of individuals. However, the human-services system continues to see a number of these individuals who end up homeless, seriously addicted to substances, or in need of immediate psychiatric hospitalization to keep themselves or others from being hurt.

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Recent attempts to prevent problems associated with reintegration into civilian life and the trauma associated with combat have taken a different approach. Rather than waiting for the veteran to actively seek help, assessment and intervention are occurring at the sites where veterans are most likely to make regular visits: their primary care facility.

This integrated care approach to intervention has had some success. Based on your readings this week:

  • Identify the role of the human-services provider in this intervention.
  • Argue how this intervention versus other interventions is more applicable with this population. Include a discussion of this population’s unique needs and barriers to receiving care.
  • Discuss any modifications to the intervention that might make it more effective in reducing high-risk behavior and improve veteran quality of life.