Home Base Launches New Treatment Option for Post-9/11 Veterans Suffering from the Invisible Wounds of War

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On Friday, April 29, 2016, Home Base, a Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Program will hold an event to mark the launch of their revolutionary new treatment option for Post-9/11 Veterans and Service Members suffering from the invisible wounds of war: the Intensive Clinical Program (ICP). Over 130 supporters will attend, including MGH President, Dr. Peter Slavin, Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner, the Chief of Staff of the United States Army, General Mark Milley, Wounded Warrior Project Partnerships and Programmatic Investments Executive Vice President Ned Breslin, VA Boston Healthcare Systems Director Vincent Ng, and former patient Bill Geiger, a U.S. Army Veteran  who has benefited from the program.

“Mass General has rich and robust Psychiatry and Rehabilitation programs, and the addition of Home Base’s ICP is another example of the forward thinking treatment and care happening at this hospital,” said MGH President Peter L. Slavin, MD.

The ICP is a two-week, outpatient treatment program that combines evidence-based medicine with complementary and alternative medicine in a concentrated fashion. The innovative approach to healing begins with a comprehensive evaluation, which leads to an individualized plan for each patient. Participants then embark on a journey that includes roughly 50 hours of individual and group therapy, stress reduction and resilience training, fitness and nutrition, family support and education, integrative therapies such as yoga, art and tai chi, and social activities.

“The Intensive Clinical Program provides Home Base with yet another world-class treatment option that is open to our local Veterans as well as those who live in other parts of the country,” said Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner. “What would normally take up to a year for a traditional course of treatment has been condensed into a two-week intensive program, allowing Veterans who are dealing with invisible wounds to be put on a path of success that will compliment their ongoing care in their hometowns.”

All Post-9/11 Veterans, Service Members and Families impacted by post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury, depression, anxiety, military sexual trauma, co-occurring substance use disorders and other issues associated with service are treated, regardless of discharge status.  Food, lodging and transportation expenses are covered for a participating Veteran and one accompanying family member. In summary, all services associated with the ICP are provided at no cost to the Veteran or family member.

“It is extremely meaningful to know programs like Home Base exist,” said General Mark A. Milley, Army Chief of Staff. “Programs like these help our wounded warriors and their families when they need it most with proper care, healing and treatment.”

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The Intensive Clinical Program is supported in part by a transformative grant awarded to Home Base by Wounded Warrior Project (WWP). In 2015, WWP announced Home Base was one of four selected to participate in Warrior Care Network, a first-of-its-kind academic medical care network connecting wounded Veterans and their families with world-class, individualized mental health and rehabilitation care.  Warrior Care Network constitutes a $100 million challenge grant, of which Home Base will receive $15.7 million from WWP over a three-year period.

“Treating and serving our wounded Veterans today requires a team effort,” said Ned Breslin, Partnerships and Programmatic Investments Executive Vice President, Wounded Warrior Project. “WWP is proud to partner with Home Base and the other leading academic medical center programs to help ensure no Veteran or family member is turned away from care and support.”

Other academic medical centers involved in Warrior Care Network include the University of California Operation Mend Program in Los Angeles; Rush University Medical Center’s Road Home Program in Chicago, and Emory University Medical Center’s Veterans Program in Atlanta.

“When I first learned about Home Base and Warrior Care Network, I initially thought to myself, what could be different about this treatment,” said Bill Geiger, a Veteran Patient. “What I did not realize is how much the treatment I received at Home Base would impact me and my family.  I have been struggling with invisible wounds of war since 2003.  My family has dealt with the impact of my wounds every day, but the treatment at Home Base has dramatically reduced the number of days they have to sit back and watch me struggle.”

“Home Base is a National Center of Excellence. We are the first and largest private-sector clinic in the nation dedicated to healing the invisible wounds,” said Brigadier General (ret.) Jack Hammond, Executive Director, Home Base. “The addition of our Intensive Clinical Program is a meaningful step forward in changing the landscape of care for Veterans and their Families. This effort would not be possible without the generous support of Wounded Warrior Project, and the collaboration of the MGH, the VA, and the other academic medical centers involved in the Warrior Care Network.”

“The VA is proud to have signed a historic Memorandum of Agreement with Warrior Care Network earlier this year that will allow us to achieve an effective and state-of-the art public private-partnership for the benefit of our Veterans and their families across the nation.” says Vincent Ng, Director, VA Boston.

Home Base is staffed by MGH clinicians, ranked number one in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. The clinicians, nutrition and fitness teams at Home Base are trained in military culture and specialize in treating the invisible wounds. Post-9/11 Veterans & Blue Star Family members serve as patient navigators. The Intensive Clinical Program is designed to deliver world-class care in a comfortable, healing setting to the men and woman who need it the most.  Service Members, Veterans and Families interested in Home Base’s Intensive Clinical Program can learn more by visiting homebase.org/ICP or by calling 617-724-5202.