The Service Members, Veterans, and their Families Technical Assistance (SMVF TA) Center works with states and territories to strengthen behavioral health systems for service members (active duty, National Guard, and reservists), veterans, and their families. SMVF's Policy Academy (PA) unites federal, state, and local leaders with experts to exchange ideas, best practices, and lessons learned, and serves as the key resource for PA graduates as they refine and implement their strategic plans.
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SMVF TA Center Webinars
These webinars include discussions of the behavioral health needs of drone operators; best practices for service members, veterans, and families involved in the opioid crisis; supporting the wellness of military families and children; expanding diversion opportunities and treatment courts for veterans; and increasing access to services through initiatives to identify service members, veterans, and their families.
SMVF TA Center State Team Leadership Renewal At-a-Glance – 2016 (PDF | 466 KB)
With the support of the SMVF Technical Assistance Center, 49 states, four territories, and the District of Columbia have formed governor-supported interagency state teams to develop and implement state behavioral health strategic plans for service members, veterans, and their families (SMVF). This fact sheet explains how the teams bring together stakeholders from multiple state agencies to build a coordinated response to the needs of SMVF and work to strengthen a coordinated military/civilian service system.
Introduction to the Service Members, Veterans, and their Families Community Intercept Model – 2017 (PDF | 495 KB)
This fact sheet describes the Service Members, Veterans, and their Families (SMVF) Intercept Model, which is designed to help policy makers and community providers learn where SMVF are most likely to engage with the community; why those intercept points provide important opportunities for outreach and best practice intervention; and who potential collaborative partners in care may be.
The Implementation Academy Model for SMVF: From Policy to Services – 2017 (PDF | 187 KB)
This fact sheet explains the Implementation Academy model for service members, veterans, and their families and how an integrated public health approach forged on military and civilian interagency collaboration can bridge the gaps between the Department of Defense and Veterans Administration systems and the state and community behavioral health systems.