On June 17, 2009, 150 civilian and military service providers, community stakeholders, service members, veterans, and family members gathered in Forsyth, Georgia. This Georgia Collaborative Meeting was the first step in a year-long process designed to find a definitive answer to the question: How do we pave the way home? The meeting was sponsored by the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, and organized by the Division of Addictive Diseases, in partnership with the Southeast Addiction Technology Transfer Center.
The process begun at this meeting has one overarching goal, the creation of a seamless system of care and support for service members, veterans, and their families. To that end, this monograph is designed to A) build a statewide interagency coalition of military and civilian stakeholders dedicated to finding collaborative ways of addressing the challenges facing Georgia’s returning and transitioning service members and veterans and their families and B) draft a State Action Plan to support the mental health and addictive disease-related needs of veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF, the war in Afghanistan).
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