What's Different About Home Base?
WE UNDERSTAND MILITARY CULTURE AND YOUR UNIQUE NEEDS
Home Base is the first program of its kind in the country. Founded by the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital in 2009, we are striving to be a model partnership of academic medicine and Major League Baseball in service to our Military Veterans—and their Families.
Our clinicians are part of Massachusetts General Hospital. They are civilian caregivers, but they are experienced in caring for Veterans and Families. They understand the Military culture and the unique needs of Veterans and Military Families.
WE ARE COMMITTED TO ELIMINATING BARRIERS TO CARE
No long wait times. Our goal is to offer you an appointment within two weeks or if needed within a few days. Our outpatient clinic is located a few blocks away from Massachusetts General Hospital at 101 Merrimac Street, 2nd floor. It is near the Boston Garden and Government Center, and easily accessible by the Green, Orange, Blue and Red Line.
Discharge status does not affect access to care. Home Base serves all Post- 9/11 Veterans regardless of their time of service or discharge status, and from all branches of service including the National Guard and Reserve.
Payment is not a barrier. By law we are required to bill your health insurance for your care, but if you have no insurance or a gap in insurance coverage, you will never receive a bill from Home Base.
PROVIDE CARE FOR FAMILIES
At Home Base, we recognize that Military Families are very resilient. But during the past ten years, even the strongest families have been challenged by having loved ones deployed multiple times and in harm’s way for long periods of time.
Most Military Families in New England are part of the National Guard and Reserve. As a result, our Military Families do not have a large base community, and that can be isolating. In Massachusetts, many Military Children are the only child in their school who has a parent or another family member who is serving. Home Base provides clinical counseling for all Family members throughout the deployment cycle.
At Home Base, We View Family Broadly
Home Base offers clinical counseling and support to everyone affected by the challenges of the deployment cycle—including spouses, significant others, children at all ages, parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, and grandparents, as well as close friends. We recognize that for Family members, the return of a Service Member can be as stressful as when they were deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan. We understand that deployment– and combat–related stress and traumatic brain injury (TBI) affects everyone in the family differently.