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How Community Information and Referral Organizations can better support our military forces, their families, and veterans. What Can We Do?. Deanna Dalton. Military Liaison Insure a comprehensive database. Know specific taxonomy for population - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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What Can We Do?

What Can We Do?How Community Information and Referral Organizations can better support our military forces, their families, and veterans.Deanna Dalton

Role at 211InfoMilitary Liaison

Insure a comprehensive database.Know specific taxonomy for populationKnow the top referrals for veterans and service membersAdd agencies and programs into special events, database, and maintain records.

Role at 211info- Liaison

Social Media/Cloud work. website content and functionalityBlog posts on current events, climate, agencies and programsFB/Twitter presence like Blog presenceResource lists, email lists

211info Role- Liaison

Outreach and Action means to:

ConnectPresentPartnerConsultTrainTable TodayHow Community Information and Referral Organizations can better support and assist Military installations, its service members and dependents, veterans and their families.AgendaIssue and Need around 20 min

Discuss Need in communities 10 min(The need in your community)

Action and Examples 20-30 min

Discuss Action in communities 10 minutes(how can you implement/brainstorm!)

Where do we go from here/conclude- 10 minutes

Issue and NEedsTodays Service Member is tomorrows Veteran!

Us VS THEMGrowing divide between Civilian and Military All volunteer forceBases are built in culturesLess than 1% of population Has worn uniform in recent conflictsDecrease in enlistment Decrease in the veteran populationMedia representation

The Elusive Community

A community we interact with only when we want to(or when the media tells us to)Interfacing with the military is at the discretion of the civilian.ORNG/Reserve component- one weekend a month

One Stop Shop: Bases

Military Culture General characteristics, not blanket assumptions

Understand these are not applicable for all service members or veterans.

Civilian CultureGeneral Characteristics and not blanket assumptions

Understand these are not applicable for all civilians.

The Military/Veterans

Tend to relocate near bases, armories, or in rural pocketsRetiring veterans more likely to exhibit triggering of PTSDHave a desire to give back and provide mutual supportCurrent Era Military and VeteranUnprecedented Complexities and needs

Injuries which would have been fatal in previous wars

Multiple and uncertain deployments

Many come back fine and reintegrate without complications

Those that do not- family has moved on without their physical presence

Hard to reintegrate when one knows they will be deployed again

Constant fear of safety- Flight/Fight mode for 11+months.And then there are the numbers

Plus the decline of veteran numbers

Add the rural component.

Rural veterans are more likely to believe mental health stigma

85% Mental health professional shortages occur in rural communitiesCommunication lines more deeply rooted and social interaction more intimate than urban counterparts

Lack of accessibility, transportation, options, and exploration of identities

There IS help! Programs do existbutOften underfunded Large caseloadsLack non-VA affiliated servicesunderstaffedMany duplicate servicesLack communication and cohesivenessLacking culturally specific services

What we need is.

Discussion Time (10-15 minutes):Group upBased off of the wave of information received: Think about your community-

What issues discussed do you see in your community and what needs do you see for your active military or veteran community members?ACTION: So what in the world can we possibly DO?

Where in the world do we START?

Hiring our HeroesHow many veterans work at your agency?

How many Reservists or Guard Members?

Does your agency have a Veterans preference?

Do they have encourage veterans to apply?

Why Veterans?

Cultural competency starts with hiring those that can navigate the culture. Veterans are the best for this.Create a liaison RoleWhether voluntary or paid, a designated person to begin thinking about and supporting military and veteransProvide trainings of cultural competencyBe a reference point for agency on cultureOutreach to communityAcquire programs and services for database

Understanding the system Federal Department of Veteran AffairsState Department of Veteran AffairsCounty Veteran Service OfficersNational, Localized chapters: DAV, AL, LA, VFW, VVA, VFP, NABVETSNon- profits that have Veteran programsFaith Based initiativesGuard and Reserve Family ReadinessThe Veteran Provider CommunityKnowing the links in the chain.

Ecomapping to find resources

Areas of service and Community ConnectionEducation:Community CollegesUniversitiesTrade SchoolsHigh SchoolsSchool Districts

Areas of service and Community Connection

County and State VSOs

Areas of service and Community Connection

Government:

Congress membersSenate MembersState legislatorsAdvisorsRepresentativesCommittees

Areas of service and Community Connection

Military Leadership:

National Guard/Reserve Base CommandersChain of Command

Areas of service and Community Connection

Family Readiness:

Joint TransitionYellow Ribbon Family Assistance SpecialistsMilitary OneSourceArmy OneSource

Areas of service and Community Connection

Minority Groups:

TribesLGBTQCommunities of ColorWomenOther than honorabledischarged

Areas of service and Community ConnectionSocial Service Providers

Homelessness ProgramsUtility AssistanceFood PantriesShelters

Areas of service and Community ConnectionHealth Providers

HospitalsClinicsVansQMHPDental

Areas of service and Community ConnectionBusiness and Employers

Veteran Owners/ownedVeteran friendly employers

Areas of service and Community ConnectionCivic Organizations

DAVALWAVFWVVOANABVETS

Areas of service and Community ConnectionPublic Safety

PoliceProbation OfficersVeterans courtsPrisonsFire/Rescue

Areas of service and Community ConnectionState and Federal agencies

Dept. Human ServicesSelf Sufficiency OfficesDept. of LaborEmployment

More areas of actionFaith based community

Resource Fairs

Non- Profits

Local PapersMutual Support

Volunteer Programs

Events for Families

Community CentersThis is what I do!

I havePartnered with CVSOs and FASsSpoken to over 200 veterans and provided services on siteCultural Competency trainings (in house and out)A Behavioral Health Alliance member with Army One SourceTestified/letters of supportTexting/ Follow upsOn the Multnomah Veteran Task Force CommitteeOMSN PartnerProvided over 50 outreach visits to agenciesNumerous blogsFree Resource GuideHighlight other programs and services in social mediaConsultations for networksSupport for Social WorkersCommunity event supporter

I have been doing this.

For Four Months!

You can do all of this and more!With authenticityWith passionWith dependabilityWith consistencyWith integrity

You can become a trusted and vital resource!DiscussionWhat steps can be taken in your agency and community to strengthen the military/ veteran safety net?

(About 10 minutes)One more thing

Curiosity

Inquiry

Be Patient

Be Authentic

You are Very ImportantWhat you do matters

You are a resource

You change lives

If not us, Who?

Resources for you!!

http://www.sapr.mil/http://www.socialwork.va.gov/links.asphttp://www.socialworkers.org/military.asphttp://www.whitehouse.gov/joiningforceshttp://maketheconnection.net/http://www.operationhomefront.net/http://www.jointservicessupport.org/fp/default.aspxhttp://www.justicepolicy.org/news/category/324http://www.va.gov/homeless/ssvf.asphttp://nacvso.org/Readingshttps://advancesinsocialwork.iupui.edu/index.php/advancesinsocialwork/article/view/1891/1951http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10900-012-9583-7#page-1 (Rural Veterans and Dual Care)http://ps.psychiatryonline.org/article.aspx?articleID=1090304 (Association of Perceived Barriers With Prospective Use of VA Mental Health Care Among Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans)http://jaapl.org/content/40/3/348.full.pdf+html (Risk of Death for Veterans on Release From Prison)http://211.144.68.84:9998/91keshi/Public/File/40/307-8/pdf/jvp25012_789_790.pdf (Veterans and the Affordable Care Act)http://bjp.rcpsych.org/content/200/4/317.full.pdf+html (Trajectories of trauma symptoms and resilience in deployed US military service members: prospective cohort study)https://journals.iupui.edu/index.php/advancesinsocialwork/article/view/2391/3907 (Peer Support, Self-Efficacy, combat-related symptoms among returning OIF/OEF Veterans)

Thank you very Much!Deanna.dalton@211info.org

503-416-2632

www.211info.org