Why Educate Clinicians and Community Members

Approximately 40% of returning Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans will seek medical care outside the VA Healthcare System.  Home Base is working to help community clinicians recognize the signs of post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury in Veterans and Military-connected Families who are patients in their clinical practices.  Many Veterans and their Families turn to their primary care doctor, pediatrician, clergy, school nurse, teacher, counselor and others in the community as ‘first responders’ for initial crisis intervention and counseling. These community caregivers have a genuine interest and desire to help, but they may need additional training to understand the military culture, recognize the symptoms of traumatic brain injury or post-traumatic stress, or know where to refer patients for care.  At Home Base, we believe that we are all first-responders in caring for our returning Veterans and Families.

About The Training Institute

Home Base, a partnership of The Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital, was awarded a national grant from Welcome Back Veterans, a joint initiative of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation and Major League Baseball, to establish a Training Institute to prepare community clinicians throughout New England to recognize and treat Post-9/11 Service Members, Veterans and Military Families affected by the Invisible Wounds of War.

Called The Training Institute at Home Base: a Welcome Back Veterans Education Initiative to Heal the Invisible Wounds of War, the program trains community clinicians in order to expand access to high quality care in community, non-VA clinical settings for post -traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury.  Additional support from a competitive grant from the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General to train first responders, nurses and rehabilitation professionals has extended these efforts.

The mission of the Training Institute at Home Base is to increase awareness and access for Post-9/11 Service Members, Veterans and Military Families to high quality care for the Invisible Wounds of War through education. Trainings are designed to help clinicians and first responders improve their understanding of Military culture and the impact of Military Service on Veterans and Military Families, enable clinicians to identify the Invisible Wounds of War, and provide evidence-based treatments for PTS and other conditions affecting the behavioral health of Veterans and Families. In addition, the Training Institute will develop a network of qualified clinicians who can serve as a Home Base referral network as well as coordinate referrals to the VA Healthcare system.

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Who Benefits from the Training Institute

Home Base offers education and training to meet a variety of needs. We are a resource for clinicians and community members who want to understand and support the mental health needs of Veterans and Families. We work with:

  • Primary care providers and pediatricians who serve Veterans and Military Families
  • State government and other organizations to train school nurses, educators, school administrators and family service organizations about the needs of Military families in their community
  • Colleges and universities to understand the unique challenges of student Veterans and provide treatment
  • Employers and employee assistance programs to build awareness of symptoms of PTS and TBI and help their Veteran employees and Military Families seek effective treatment
  • First–responders including emergency medical, law enforcement and clergy in recognizing PTS and TBI
  • National Guard and Reserve
  • Military Families
  • Educators

As a community service, the Training Institute offers CME/CE/CEU certified on-line and in-person training at no charge to clinicians, health care professionals and community members throughout New England and nationally.

If you have any questions about our on-line trainings, consultation training or to request an in-person training please contact Emma Morrison, Education Manager, at emorrison4@partners.org.

FUNDING PARTNERS

The Training Institute is generously funded by:

·         Welcome Back Veterans and the McCormick Foundation 

·         Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General 

·         VA’s National Center for PTSD

·         Health Resources and Service Administration 

·         Defense Suicide Prevention Office

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