Where to Find Help for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury

Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury is part of the Military Health System, which provides a 'continuum of care' - from initial accession to deployment to discharge. The DCoE works across the entire continuum of care to promote resilience, rehabilitation and reintegration for warriors, families and veterans with psychological health concerns and traumatic brain injuries.

Online: http://dcoe.health.mil/ or http://www.realwarriors.net/

Telephone: 800-510-7897 or 866-966-1020

Alternate contact: Resources@DCoEOutreach.org

USACares Warrior Treatment Today

USACares Warrior Treatment Today pays essential household bills while a wounded service member or veteran is attending residential treatment for TBI or PTSD.

Online: http://www.usacares.org/?page_id=136

Telephone: 800-773-0387

Must meet program criteria: http://usacares.org/images/file_upload/WTT_White_Paper_V-2009-06-25.pdf

Project Valour-IT

Project Valour-IT provides voice-controlled laptops and personal GPS systems to service members recovering from hand wounds and other severe injuries including TBI and PTSD. A sub-program, coordinated with Survivor Outreach Services, will soon begin providing laptops to spouses of fallen warriors who return to school.

Online: http://soldiersangels.org/Valour-IT.html

Telephone: 626-529-5114

Alternate contact: valour-it@soldiersangels.org

The Home Base Program

The Home Base Program is a partnership between the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital. The program is dedicated to improving the lives of veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars who are suffering from deployment-related post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injury. The program has multiple components, including clinical care, family support, research, education and community outreach, which are available to residents of New England.

Online: http://www.homebaseprogram.org/

Telephone: 617-724-5202

Higher Ground

Higher Ground is a recreational rehabilitation program specializing in serving service members with traumatic brain injuries, PTSD, polytrauma, blindness and mental illness. The program combines outdoor sports with family/coping therapies.

Online: http://www.hgvets.org/

Telephone: 208-726-9298

Military Pathways

Military Pathways is a service-wide and statewide resource for anonymous self-assessment in mental health issues (alcohol, depression, PTSD, etc.) for service members and their families. The assessment is also available for units to use and has an orderable resource. The locator connects to the nearest base entity for mental health screenings and if one is not available a click to an electronic screening is easy. The website has articles on resiliency, alcohol awareness, anxiety, military mental health and stress. There are links to Military OneSource and other agencies in addition to an App for families via the FOCUS program, a newsletter and an invitation to share inspiring stories from readers. Links to social media are also available. The website also allows an easy switch to Spanish on the main page.

Online: http://www.militarymentalhealth.org/

Operation Happy Note

Operation Happy Note is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit whose mission is to support soldiers with music as a form of therapy. Operation Happy Note sends musical instruments to deployed soldiers overseas for a form of combat stress therapy and an opportunity to pass the time with a little piece of home. Operation Happy Note has expanded in the last year to extend its focus to injured heroes recovering back home, both in their own environments as well as the Veterans Administration hospitals. With the Injured Heroes program, Operation Happy Note works as a resource for veterans to obtain musical instruments as a form of therapy to be used along with their treatments for PTSD, TBI, as well as confinements to wheelchairs and prosthesis, and many more.

Online: http://operationhappynote.com/

Alternate contact: info@operationhappynote.com

Team Red, White and Blue

Team Red, White and Blue's mission is to enrich the lives of America's veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity. This organization views physical fitness and activity as a viable option for treating PTSD.

Online: http://teamrwb.org/

Visit Team Red, White and Blue's website for a map of participating states with chapter contact information.

Michiana Behavioral Health

Michiana Behavioral Health offers acute care, outpatient and partial hospitalization for adults, adolescents and children. Michiana Behavioral is a TRICARE provider of residential care for children and adolescents and has substance abuse and PTSD programs. The program is for residents of Indiana only.

Online: http://www.michianabhc.com/

Telephone: 574-936-3784

Paws and Effect

Paws and Effect, a nonprofit organization based in Iowa, raises and trains service dogs and places them with military veterans with combat service related issues such as TBI, PTSD, physical injury and special needs. Foster families raise and train the puppies until it's time for placement with their new owner, a combat veteran.

Online: http://www.paws-effect.org/

The Warrior Connection

The Warrior Connection is specific to veterans and service members who have PTSD. The program offers no-cost, private and totally confidential group retreats for veterans, families and training for those veterans, families, facilitators and communities who are committed to supporting veterans in transition. The Warrior Connection serves Vermont and surrounding states.

Online: http://www.warriorconnection.org/

Telephone: 866-278-3155

Alternate contact: drblack@warriorconnection.org


TRICARE is the health care program for military members and their families. The program is divided into three regions (North, South and West), and offers overseas assistance.

Online: http://tricare.mil/

TRICARE North provides care in Connecticut, District of Columbia, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Vermont, Wisconsin and West Virginia as well as portions of Iowa, Missouri and Tennessee.

Online: https://www.hnfs.com/content/hnfs/home/tn/bene.html

Telephone: 877-874-2273

Find a Military Treatment Facility or TRICARE Service Center: https://www.hnfs.com/apps/tsclocator/default.aspx

TRICARE South provides care in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and South Carolina as well as portions of Tennessee and Texas.

Online: http://www.humana-military.com/

Telephone: 800-444-5445 (Customer Service) or 800-700-8646 (Behavioral Health)

Find a Military Treatment Facility or TRICARE Service Center: http://www.humana-military.com/south/provider/tools-resources/ProvSiteProvLoc.asp or http://www.tricare.mil/mtf

TRICARE West provides care in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming as well as portions of Iowa, Missouri and Texas.

Online: http://www.uhcmilitarywest.com/

Telephone: 877-988-9378

Find a Military Treatment Facility or TRICARE Service Center: https://www.uhcmilitarywest.com/uhcmw/portal/search/facilitybymtf/

TRICARE Military Treatment Facility Locator is the locator tool for Military Treatment Centers.
Online: http://www.tricare.mil/mtf/

TRICARE Eurasia-Africa provides assistance overseas.

Online: http://www.tricare.mil/tma/eurasiaafrica/

Telephone: 44-20-8762-8384 or 877-678-1207

TRICARE Latin America-Canada
provides assistance overseas.

Online: http://www.tricare.mil/tma/tlac/

Telephone: 215-942-8393 or 877-451-8659

TRICARE Pacific provides assistance overseas.

Online: http://www.tricare.mil/tma/pacific/tao-pacific.aspx

Telephone: Singapore: 65-6339-2676 or 877-678-1208; Sydney: 61-2-9273-2710 or 877-678-1209

TRICARE Reserve Select is the health care program for reserve and guard members.

Online: http://www.tricare.mil/TRS

See website for specific contact information: http://ra.defense.gov/Contact/TRICARE.aspx



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