When military service-related stresses occur, it is not easy for those affected to know where to turn for help. Deployment, reintegration and associated injuries can add to mental and emotional strain.
That’s why MFRI, the Center for Deployment Psychology (CDP), Indiana National Guard, the National Guard Bureau and Indiana’s Family and Social Services Administration collaborated to create Star Behavioral Health Providers (SBHP). This training, referral and dissemination program helps service members and their families locate trained civilian behavioral health professionals who better understand service-related challenges.
SBHP houses a unique database where service members and their families can filter through a list of civilian health providers who have completed educational training related to the military. For clinicians, SBHP is a comprehensive resource through which they can gain the training to serve those who serve our country.
MFRI and the CDP are proud to replicate SBHP in states across the country. In 2016, the program was selected for W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Engagement Scholarship Award. The award recognizes programs that demonstrate how colleges and universities have redesigned their learning, discovery and engagement missions to become more involved with their communities.
More resources and information on the program in both states can be found at the SBHP website.
MFRI Director of Outreach, Kathy Broniarczyk, explains the importance of offering services for military and veteran families.