Our trained team of facilitators are experts in delivering this cross-systems mapping. We have served 27 communities across the country in the last 3 years.
The Commonwealth of Virginia hosted a Crisis Intercept Map for SMVF in 2018. Attendees included representatives from the Virginia Department of Veterans Services, the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, the Department of Social Services, hospitals, healthcare associations, Virginia’s U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers, and the Virginia National Guard. Working together, the team established three goals (known as the “3 Cs”):
- Care: Provide culturally competent and accessible behavioral health and support services
- Connect: Bring services together to form partnerships
- Communicate: Educate community members and service providers on military culture and available resources
To implement the 3 Cs, Virginia launched a pilot that ran from February to September 2020. The pilot embedded military culture, suicide prevention, and safety planning resources in state and community agencies.
Virginia also made SMVF resources more accessible during key windows. They focused this work on pre-crisis services and life-saving services during a crisis. Between February and April 2020, the pilot program served 2,048 people and screened 64 percent of them for suicide risk. They found that 23 percent of the 1,305 individuals they screened were “at risk.”
In the future, the program plans to expand suicide risk screening and referrals and improve data quality. It will also promote the expansion and future operation of these activities by finding multiple sources of funding.
Houston, Texas, 2017
Roughly 300,000 Veterans live in or near Houston, Texas. Mayor Sylvester Turner wanted to expand the conversation around SMVF mental health and suicide. Mayor Turner also wanted to strengthen partnerships between local communities, governments, and nonprofit agencies. The city held a Crisis Intercept Map for SMVF in July 2018. The assembled team looked at care coordination across the crisis continuum. Using the resulting map, the team partnered with the Harris Center and the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center. Together, they established a robust and continuous care coordination model for Houston-based SMVF.