New behavioral health center focuses on family

| February 26, 2015 | 0 Comments
The newly commissioned Child and Family Behavioral Health Service at Schofield Barracks Health Clinic hosts a two-day regional training event for primary-care and behavioral-health leaders. (Photo courtesy of Schofield Barracks Health Clinic)

The newly commissioned Child and Family Behavioral Health Service at Schofield Barracks Health Clinic hosts a two-day regional training event for primary-care and behavioral-health leaders. (Photo courtesy of Schofield Barracks Health Clinic)

Department of Behavioral Health
U.S. Army Health Clinic-Schofield Barracks

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The formal opening of the Schofield Barracks Child and Family Behavioral Health Service highlighted a busy month for the Department of Behavioral Health.

Over 20 primary-care and behavioral-health providers gather at the newly commissioned Child and Family Behavioral Health Service at Schofield Barracks Health Clinic. (Photo courtesy of Schofield Barracks Health Clinic)

Over 20 primary-care and behavioral-health providers gather at the newly commissioned Child and Family Behavioral Health Service at Schofield Barracks Health Clinic. (Photo courtesy of Schofield Barracks Health Clinic)

This month, the Department of Behavioral Health welcomed visitors from the Department of the Army, Army Medical Command, and Pacific Regional Medical Command to highlight the expanded behavioral health services offered to Soldiers and family members at the installation.

Transition focus

Army Medical Command conducted two independent assessments during the second week of February to evaluate the behavioral health system of care at Schofield Barracks and the in- and out-processing of Soldiers during change of duty station transitions.

Both evaluations were positive, and Schofield’s growing behavioral health resources ensure Soldiers and family members receive the care needed to successfully transition and meet the demands of military life.

Family behavioral service

Additionally, the newly commissioned regional flagship Child and Family Behavioral Health Service, located with the U.S. Army Health Clinic-Schofield Barracks, hosted a regional training event from Feb. 10-12.

It brought in behavioral health and primary care leaders from across the Pacific to instruct primary care providers on the interface between specialty behavioral health services and primary care resources.

The training concluded with an open house on Feb. 13, which formally opened the clinic.

New behavioral assistance resources

The Department of Behavioral Health has doubled in provider strength in the past 18 months as a result of regional restructuring of behavioral health resources to better support military families within the Schofield surrounding areas. What was once a single clinic, Warrior Behavioral Health, is now five behavioral health service lines, all located within the medical neighborhood at Schofield Barracks:

•The four Embedded Behavioral Health clinics support active duty Soldiers within each battalion-sized command. Each battalion is assigned a single provider to act as the behavioral health point of entry for the unit.

The mission of the embedded behavioral health provider is to provide far-forward compassionate, evidence-based care to support diverse behavioral health conditions with the ultimate goal to return to satisfactory function for mission readiness and life.

The Department of Behavioral Health continues to grow and flex with the needs of the supported Soldiers and family members.

  • The Child and Family Behavioral Health Service supports family members of all ages. Located on the grounds of the clinic, this newly commissioned program provides therapy and medication management for behavioral health conditions.

The Health Clinic Family Advocacy Program is the clinical arm of the Schofield Barracks installation Family Advocacy Program, which provides assessment and treatment for families grappling with domestic violence.

  • The Intensive Outpatient Program is a four- to six-week half day program designed to support Soldiers requiring higher levels of behavioral health support beyond routine outpatient care, but who do not require inpatient or residential treatments.

The intent of this program is to stabilize vulnerable Soldiers in need, therefore, reducing inpatient behavioral health admission and readmissions.

•The Behavioral Health Multi-Disciplinary Service provides support for complex behavioral health conditions, often with multiple diagnoses including pain, addiction or other medical conditions. The service, in the process of standing-up, will provide expert consultation for primary care managers and support collaborative care within the Soldier- and Patient Centered Medical Homes.

Additionally, this service supports the Pacific Regional Medical Command’s tele-behavioral health kiosks on Schofield Barracks, providing tele-behavioral health access to beneficiaries in the Schofield area.

About Behavioral Health

The Department of Behavioral Health welcomes all TRICARE beneficiaries, regardless of branch of service, and looks forward to continued expansion of services to best support Oahu warrior families.

There are pover 20 primary care and Behavioral Health providers from clinics at Schofield, Tripler, Korea and Japan. Participants receive training on early identification, evaluation and treatment of common behavioral health disorders in children.

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