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Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Network

September 2016

Home Base Offers Resources and Trainings for Treating Veterans

Harvard Pilgrim would like to highlight the valuable resources available to providers through Home Base, a Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital program.

Home Base is dedicated to healing the “invisible wounds of war”— such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), depression, anxiety, and co-occurring substance use disorder — for post-9/11 veterans, service members, and their families. Headquartered in Massachusetts, the program serves veterans across the country through clinical care, wellness programs, education, and research, and treatment is provided at no cost to the veterans or their families.

Trainings available to health care providers

The Training Institute at Home Base offers CME/CE/CEU-certified online and in-person trainings at no charge to clinicians and other health care professionals. The trainings and accredited clinical education opportunities range from single 30-minute or one-hour sessions to four-week, multi-session programs and touch on a vast array of pertinent matters. Topics include: suicide prevention; military culture and military family challenges; the motivational interviewing skills required to engage service members and veterans into mental health care; understanding substance use and abuse within a military context; recognizing the signs and symptoms of PTSD and TBI; and much more.

Most recently, through funding from the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, Home Base launched a new set of 30-45-minute online trainings titled “Serving Those Who Have Served: Practical Approaches to Addressing the Invisible Wounds of War in Post-9/11 Service Members and Veterans.” This new series of free,  on-demand, CME/CEU-accredited online trainings is aimed at educating and training nurses and allied health professionals in Massachusetts to improve the identification, care, and referral of returning veterans and military families affected by the invisible wounds of war.

Educational resources

In addition to the free training sessions, the Home Base website also provides a number of useful educational resources for health care professionals. Here you can find clinical support tools and evidence-based guidelines, screening tools, and FAQs highlighting a wide range of issues related to the treatment of post-9/11 veterans.

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