Dept. of Mental Health Making Effort to Help Returning Veterans

7 years 2 months 1 week ago Thursday, September 06 2012 Sep 6, 2012 Thursday, September 06, 2012 11:23:00 AM CDT September 06, 2012 in News
By: Cody Lee Heyveld

JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri Department of Mental Health said it is pushing to better train behavioral health professionals on how to help returning veterans and their families cope with the stresses that result from their experiences in the service and the readjustment to returning to the realities of everyday life.

"We need to strengthen our support for behavioral health professionals in Missouri who help these heroes overcome the invisible wounds of war," said Dr. Keith Schafer, Department of Mental Health Director.

A source reports to KOMU that the goal is to get 2,000 professionals in the mental health and substance abuse fields to complete this important, free training by September 30.

The Department of Mental Health said it is asking for its contracted providers and other behavioral health care professionals to take special training in military culture, the impact of combat stress, the effects of deployment on children and families, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Training is free, online and nationally accredited, according to a press release from the Missouri Department of Mental Health. If you are a Missouri behavioral health professional or if you know one, visit http://www.restofthewayhome.com/ to learn more about the training.

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