Clinic offers standard, diverse services for beneficiaries needing behavioral health care

| September 9, 2011 | 0 Comments
Tanisha Brown
Schofield Barracks Health Clinic

 

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — To address the needs of Soldiers and family members throughout the deployment cycle, Schofield Barracks Health Clinic, or SBHC, has incorporated its behavioral health services under Army Medicine’s new Comprehensive Behavioral Health System of Care campaign plan.

“Each post had great initiatives that they were starting, but there was no standardization,” said Lt. Col. Wendi Waits, chief, Behavioral Health Services, SBHC. “A Soldier would move from one post to another and not be able to receive the same type of treatment.

“The Comprehensive Behavioral Health System of Care campaign plan was started to try and provide more of a top-down approach, a standardized approach so that each post would have essentially the same resources,” she said.

The campaign plan requires standardization of behavioral health screenings and services for active duty Soldiers in the Warrior Behavioral Health Service, formerly known as the Soldier Assistance Center.

“Warrior Behavioral Health Services, or WBHS, offers a full range of psychiatric and psychological services for active duty Soldiers, including individual and group treatment, medication management, psychological testing and prevention education,” said Dr. Christine Fair, chief, WBHS.

WBHS also assesses Soldiers for behavioral health issues throughout the Army’s deployment cycle.

As the cumulative stress of deployments has increased, the Army has recognized the need to increase screening at various “touch points” throughout the deployment cycle.

Since 2003, SBHC has performed behavioral health screenings for all Soldiers deploying and redeploying from Hawaii, to include Reserve and National Guard Soldiers. From December 2010 to July 2011, SBHC screened about 105,600 Soldiers during Soldier Readiness Processing.

Army families will receive assistance in the Child and Family Assistance Center, or CAFAC.

“The CAFAC is well recognized throughout the Army as one of the two largest child and family assistance centers,” Waits said. “The whole concept of CAFAC was started here in Hawaii.”

The concept started in 2004, when leaders from Tripler Army Medical Center, SBHC and the 25th Infantry Division developed a  plan that would address access to care and increasing behavioral health concerns for deploying Soldiers and their family members at Schofield Barracks.

“Today, CAFAC consists of the Adult Family Member Assistance Center, or AFMAC, the spouse clinic; and the Child and Adolescent Assistance Center, or CAAC, military youth clinic,” Waits said. “The overall Army CAFAC model also includes school behavioral health, which we have (at SBHC), but which is owned by TAMC’s Department of Psychiatry. So, we’re working in conjunction with (TAMC) to fulfill the role of the CAFAC.”

Adding tele-behavioral health, or connecting beneficiaries with remote behavioral health providers and embedded behavioral health programs, is also being looked at.

“There are definitely a lot of resources available,” Waits said.

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