A University-Based Mental Health Center for Veterans and Their Families: Challenges and Opportunities

Ari Lowell, Andrea Lopez-Yianilos, Matthew Ryba, Shay Arnon, Benjamin Suarez-Jimenez, Amit Lazarov, Prudence W. Fisher, John C. Markowitz, Yuval Neria

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Abstract

The Military Family Wellness Center at Columbia University Irving Medical Center provides cost-free, confidential mental health services to military service members, veterans, and their families in a nongovernmental setting, with an emphasis on addressing gaps in available care. Partnerships with academic institutions and collaboration with veteran organizations, regional stakeholders, and local Veterans Administration centers facilitate cross-site referrals, enhance knowledge and expertise, and advance shared goals. This article describes the development of these relationships, focusing on key priorities, barriers overcome, and lessons learned. Future directions are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-162
Number of pages4
JournalPsychiatric Services
Volume70
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2019

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