Many Mental Health Providers Ill Prepared for Treating Veterans

Most community-based mental health providers are not well prepared to take care of the special needs of military veterans and their families, according to a new study by the RAND Corporation that was commissioned by United Health Foundation in collaboration with the Military Officers Association of America.

The exploratory report, based on a national survey of mental health providers, found few community-based care providers met criteria for military cultural competency or used evidence-based approaches to treat problems commonly seen among veterans, including post-traumatic stress disorder.

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