Home Base Establishes Training Institute

Home Base has been awarded a two year, $1 million national grant from the Robert R. McCormick Foundation and Major League Baseball’s Welcome Back Veterans to establish a Training Institute to prepare community clinicians throughout New England to recognize and treat Iraq and Afghanistan 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 competitive grant will train community clinicians in order to expand access to high quality care in private, non-VA clinical settings for Post Traumatic Stress and Traumatic Brain Injury.  The award from the Chicago-based McCormick Foundation and Major League Baseball comes through their joint “Welcome Back Veterans” initiative.

The Training Institute at Home Base will help regional clinicians 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 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.

The Training Institute at Home Base will:

  • offer free on-line and in-person training for clinicians throughout New England through the War Zone to the Home Front series presented in collaboration with the VA’s National Center for PTSD;
  • provide in-depth, multi-week courses on-line;
  • offer targeted consultation training and clinical supervision, considered the “gold standard” in clinical training.

In June, Home Base and other McCormick Foundation-funded programs visited      Washington DC and in an op ed, urged non-VA providers and policy-makers to  support public private partnerships to provide clinical care to Post 9/11 veterans  and military families.