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A National Priority

In order to help prepare clinicians in the mental health and substance abuse treatment fields meet that needs of returning veterans, SAMHSA is making the reintegration needs of returning veterans a top priority in Agency efforts to promote mental health and to prevent and treat substance abuse.8

Terry Cline, SAMHSA Administrator"Across the Nation, veterans are returning home from their tours of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq. For many of these courageous men and women, readjustment to civilian life will take time…SAMHSA is collaborating with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the Department of Defense (DoD), the National Guard, and veterans service organizations to enhance the safety net of resources and services for returning veterans."
- - Terry L. Cline, Ph.D., Administrator, SAMHSA8

To move forward in this effort, SAMHSA has developed many resources and tools to help ensure that veterans seeking help for substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders have access to adequately trained and prepared professionals.

Veterans Press "1"Veterans Suicide Prevention Hotline - 1-800-273-TALK, Veterans press "1". Veterans Affairs is partnering with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to provide this service to veterans in crisis.

Resources for Returning Veterans and Their Families – A SAMHSA Web page providing information and resources for clinicians, veterans, and their families.  Examples of the resources you can find include: webcasts and conferences, how to find treatment for mental health and substance abuse issues, publications about coping with trauma, statistical reports and more.

Returning Veterans Conference: Paving the Road Home: The National Behavioral Health Conference and Policy Academy on Returning Veterans and Their Families - August 11, 2008 in Bethesda, MD. This national conference and policy academy will help Federal, State, and local partners improve and enhance mental health and substance abuse services for returning veterans and their families.

SAMHSA News: Veterans & Their Families: A SAMHSA PrioritySAMHSA News from January/February 2008.  This newsletter provides a wealth of information, statistics, as well as stories from veterans.

SAMHSA’s Office of Applied Studies reports on veterans – Provides a list of statistical reports relating to veterans and veterans’ health issues.




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