Veterans Campus Program

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Veterans Campus Program

County of Orange California Health Care Agency Behavioral Health Services 14 March 2014 MAJ(ret.) Ron Wilson, BSN, MA, MFT

      Gain state and county Veteran figures Identify common roadblocks Veteran face toward seeking behavioral health services Understand the mission, purpose, method of the Veterans Campus Program Gain an understanding of the work being done in sessions Closing Thoughts (Recommendations) Questions & Comments

State and County Figures

State/County Figures:

California has more ‘current conflict’ (post 9-11) veterans than any other state (11% of the military join from California (VA study ‘12) 2.2 million Veterans reside in California, with the majority living in the counties of: Los Angeles, San Diego and Orange County Orange County has an estimated 150,000 veterans (all eras), and approximately 10,000 female veterans

Roadblocks to Seeking Behavioral Health

      All Veterans are in crisis!

All Veterans can obtain VA services All Veterans have served in combat You have to be in combat to get “PTSD” All Veterans are angry and aggressive All Veterans are “


 Stigma: Career concerns  Lack of self insight: Warrior mentality, self concept  Lack of resources: insurance, money, time, transportation  Do not know how to access  Symptoms prevent keeping appointments  Do not trust the VA or government

        As of 2010… 1,840,380 female Veterans have served 166,709 live in California (an estimated 10,000 reside in Orange County) …receive little recognition …more likely to get divorced …likely incident(s) of Military Sexual Trauma …less likely to find treatment groups …less likely to find social cohorts that can relate to their experience.

3X likely to commit suicide!!!

 A multidisciplinary team  Serving Veterans, service members and their families  Engage, assess and assist participants in overcoming identified barriers to achieving their educational goals.

 The Drop Zone…  Collaboration within an inter-disciplinary team of Academic, Administrative, and Helping Professionals  Established through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the County of Orange Health Care Agency and the School District Board

   It provides referrals and linkages to viable resources, both on and off campus Coordinates various workshops Facilitates Veteran ‘support groups.’

 Empowers the student Veterans’ day-to-day transition: o On campus o o In their community Towards their future

 Promotes ‘Wellness and Achievement’ o Through readiness and relationships  Provides ‘People who



 The program is unique in that the clinician is a military veteran who is able to ‘normalize’ the act of seeking behavioral support for Veterans who often do not inquire about behavioral health services due to stigma concerns.

 Mental Health Service Act (MHSA) funded program aimed at populations (culture) who are designated to have barriers to seeking behavioral health services.

Connecting a Student Veteran to the program

Academic Counselor (LMFT) administers a student questionnaire to identified student Veterans with concerns toward achieving academic success…

   Engage and Assess  1:1 Conversations with the Student Veteran  Additional outside source information (faculty and administrative personnel, family, etc.) Referrals to Resources (on- and off-campus)  Interests & Inquiries  Resource  Engage & Assessment  Service Resource / Program / Establish regularly scheduled sessions and follow-ups

“Intake and Risk Assessments” performed on initial visit.

     Homeless Un-employed Substance Use Problems Legal Involvement Recently Released from jail      Mental Health Issues Relationship Problems States (depress, anxious, angry) Severe/Chronic Medical Issues Suicidal Ideation or History

Needs Assessment” performed on initial visit as well.

         Employment Referral Resume Development Legal Assistance Community Resources (VA/HUD VASH, DMV, SSA) Housing Shelter (short, long term) Food Financial Counseling Service Connected Disability

        Aggressive Demeanor Isolation/Loneliness Relationship Issues Financial Hardships Legal Matters Housing Concerns Employment Barriers Transition Difficulties (military-to-civilian life)

      WHO-5 SBIRT PCL-M (PTSD) PHQ-9 (anxiety) GAD-7 (depression) PGIS (Personal Growth Initiative Scale)…self resilience

     Life Success GPA College Retention Sought Campus Mental Health Services Mental Health Acuity?

 OC4Vets  (MHSA Innovation program) Co-located with the County’s Veterans Service Office  Claims Officers screen clients for behavioral health symptoms  Behavioral Health Clinicians screen, assess and enroll  Peer Veteran Navigators ‘buddy-up’ with participant to connect with appropriate resources  Housing specialist and job specialist (employment, job skill enhancement and job coach) on site 5 days/week  Work closely with community providers and VA Long Beach Health Administration.

  Outside agency collaboration         American Red Cross Boys Town Child Guidance Center Goodwill One-Stop OneOC St. Jude’s Brain Injury Network VA Departments (MIRECC & Women’s Health Clinic) Events featuring Student Veteran testimonials:  Santa Ana, Cypress, Fullerton Colleges and Chapman University.

    “Network of Care for Behavioral Health” “Network of Care for Veterans” BHS subject matter specialists BHS Veterans’ Services Coordinator   Avoid duplication of effort…Effective Networking Evaluate performance outcomes and alter programs as needed

We have to get ready in Orange County for the tsunami of veterans that will be coming back. We need to coordinate with services available at our community colleges, the VA, our community, and then fill in those gaps.

        Broken marriages Job loss Incarceration Homelessness Suicide Reliance on county/state/federal social support programs Repeated hospitalizations Accidental death or severe medical issues

 Ron Wilson, BSN, MA, MFT o At Orange Coast College • Watson Hall, Room 119 (next to Veteran Service Center) • • Phone: Ofc- (714) 432-6880; Cell- (714) 824-1996 Email: [email protected]

o At OC Health Agency Clinic (REACH Program) • Address: 1725 W. 17 th St., Ste 101-B; Santa Ana, 92626 • • Phone: (714) 834-7782 E-mail: [email protected]