August 16, 2013


 

With the support of the Division of Mental Health, Illinois Joining Forces (IJF) and the SAMHSA Service Members, Veterans, and Their Families (SMVF) Policy Academy recently completed the Regional Roll Out of the SMVF initiative. The purpose of the initiative was to enhance military cultural competence and to begin to develop local community planning between agencies servicing SMVF. A key component of this initiative is agency support of asking the following question. "Have you or your loved one ever served in the U.S. Armed Forces."

The Division of Mental Health is now seeking to determine how many agencies are now using this question as they assess consumers for services, and, if not which question they are using to determine whether their clients have or have a loved one who has served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Please complete this very brief survey and return to your regional contract manager no later than September 30. Thank you for your cooperation on this very important initiative.

Asking the Question Survey

Illinois Joining Forces (IJF) and the SAMHSA Service Members, Veterans, and Their Families (SMVF) Policy Academy team with the support of the Division of Mental Health recently completed the Regional Roll Out of the SMVF initiative. The purpose of the initiative was to enhance military cultural competence and to begin to develop local community planning between agencies servicing SMVF. A key component of this initiative is agency support of asking the following question. "Have you or your loved one ever served in the U.S. Armed Forces.

The Division of Mental Health is now seeking to determine how many agencies are now using this question, and if not which question they are using to determine whether their clients have or have a loved one who has served in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Please respond to your regional office by September 30 by answering the following questions

  1. Has your agency changes its assessment protocol to ask the question "Have you or a loved one ever served in the U.S. Armed Forces.
    _____  Yes   or  _____   No
  2. If you are not using this exact language in your question about service in the U.S. Armed Forces please share with us what questions you are using to determine whether any of your clients have ever served in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Thank you for your cooperation for your response to this survey. If you have any questions or concerns about this please contact your DMH Regional Director for further information.