Rebecca Moores Foundation
Grant to Help Launch Moores Center for Military Service Providers that will Deliver a Host of Support Services to Civilian Mental Health and Other Practitioners.
Rebecca Moores Foundation grant will underwrite the Moores Center for Military Service Providers, a new program that includes a free hotline staffed by expert military psychologists that will answer questions, assist with referrals, discuss treatment options and offer general support to behavioral health and other service providers. The initiative will also include a confidential online community and moderated chat room where practitioners can exchange ideas, post case situations and gain feedback from peers. Additionally, the grant will subsidize monthly webinars, continuing education on specific topics and evidence-based therapies, and allow a more robust outreach for PsychArmor’s existing Military Mental Health Provider Certificate and other trainings.
According to the House Armed Services Committee, 85 percent of mental health services provided to active duty service members are delivered by a civilian, and an even higher percentage among veterans. Untrained providers often miss the signs of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), causing undue distress on service member patients. “Civilian mental health workers are challenged to provide treatment to the military impacted population while having very little knowledge or understanding of the military culture or environment,” adds Morrison. “Often vets and service members abandon counseling because they feel the provider doesn’t have a clue about their needs. Our goal with this new expansion is to change the paradigm around how civilian mental health and other service providers treat soldiers and vets.”