July 6, 2012

Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown recently announced the partnership between University of Maryland and Maryland's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) to meet the behavioral and mental health needs of Maryland veterans and their families. Led by Family Science (FMSC) faculty Sally Koblinsky, Leigh Leslie, and Sandra Quinn in the School of Public Health, the partnership will identify gaps in veterans' services and train mental health professionals, primary care doctors, and clergy to better understand and address the unique needs of our veterans.

Findings from this research will be used to design trainings that increase professionals' knowledge of military culture and the impacts of deployment on veterans and family members, including children. These new trainings will not only provide strategies for addressing mental health, substance use/abuse, and suicide prevention, but will also focus on employment-related stressors, women veterans' issues (including military sexual trauma), and reintegration into family life. 

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Sally A. Koblinsky, Sandra C. Quinn, Leigh A. Leslie