4th Annual Veterans Community Mental Health Summit

  4th Annual Community Mental Health Summit

The Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center hosted the 4th Annual Community Mental Health Summit on September 2, 2016 at Shelton State Community College. The purpose of the Summit was to enhance the quality of mental health care for Veterans and their families through collaborations between the VA and healthcare providers and community-based organizations.

Several presentations were taped live and the recordings are available for viewing below:

You can download the speakers PowerPoints by clicking here.

To view a video recording of each module of this conference, please click on the module you wish to view, you will then be directed to the registration page for that module.  Once registration is complete you will be directed to the video.  You will need to complete a registration for each individual video.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Veterans: Finding Hope and Support Healing

Speaker: Randy Moore, DNP, RN
Length: 37 minutes
Summary: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) frequently occurs among Veterans and has multiple treatment options yet none are entirely effective. Evidenced-based therapies for ´╗┐Veteran’s PTSD may not entirely eliminate symptoms or are not acceptable or accessible to all. While PTSD is treated through mental health professionals, all practitioners can improve and support veteran care by ongoing assessment and education around the different types of treatment options for PTSD including integrative health therapies as viable strategies to improve patient outcomes.

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Suicide Prevention and Pain Management

Speaker: Richard Beatty, LCSW
Length: 52 minutes
Summary: Suicide continues to be a significant public health concern as the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. Veterans are at increased risk of suicide compared to the general population. Approximately 20 Veterans die by suicide every day. Local VA medical centers regularly provide a wide variety of outreach activities, including presentations and trainings, display tables, and promotional items to ensure Veterans and community members are aware of the various services available within the VA, and in the community.

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My VA Mental Health Access Initiative 

Speaker: Martha Wood, MSN, RN, BC
Length: 7 minutes
Summary: As part of the My VA Access Initiative, VHA is committed to providing timely Mental Health (MH) care, including same day services as needed. This breakthrough initiative is being implemented to ensure that any Veterans reaching out for care receives prompt, personal attention. For many Veterans, the hardest step is asking for help. This presentation will provide an overview of the program.

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Primary Care-Mental Health Integration

Speaker:  Tony Cross, Ph.D.
Length: 7 minutes
´╗┐´╗┐Summary: This session will focus on same-day mental health care, Primary Care Mental Health Integration teams at the Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center.

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Veteran’s Choice Program

Speakers:  Kimberly Parker, DNP, RN & Marissa Rookard, RN
Length: 7 minutes

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