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Bureau of Community Based Military Programs

Veteran hugging childCreated in 2008, the Bureau is the first one in a health and human services agency in the country focused on helping to facilitate military and civilian partnerships. Approximately 115,000 veterans live in New Hampshire. A third are from the Vietnam Era, and over 48% are 65 years of age or older, compared with 15% of the civilian population. The second largest group of veterans is from the Gulf Wars, with over 7,000 coming from post-9/11 service. Only 30,000 of these 115,000 utilize the VA Medical Center, which is a prime example of why we need to engage the civilian sector in service to our veterans.

New Hampshire is recognized nationally for having strong military and civilian partnerships throughout the State, and the NH Department of Health and Human Services is actively engaged in encouraging civilian health care providers to learn more about military culture in order to better serve this population. Our mission is to collaborate, coordinate, and communicate with military and civilian provider groups in the delivery of health care services to New Hampshire veterans, service members, and their families.

The New Hampshire Legislative Commission on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), a strong advocate of military and civilian collaboration, released a Study Report in January of 2014. The Study Report included: survey results from 1,200 New Hampshire veterans on barriers in accessing health care; health care discussions from 50 different military events, conferences, and meetings; and a veteran mapping series that highlighted areas of health care concerns. As a result of this work, a Permanent Commission was legislatively established in the fall of 2014. The mission of this newly established Commission is to improve access to care and quality of care for veterans and service members who experience post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.

In the Fall of 2014, the Department approved $2.8M of federal funds to help improve access to care and quality of care for veterans, service members, and their families. These new initiatives all share a strong focus on education, outreach, training, access, and sustainability, while strengthening New Hampshire's military–civilian support network. The Commission on PTSD and TBI helped to advise, support, and promote much of this work. The initiatives include: "Ask the Question" Campaign, Statewide Military Culture Trainings, Community Mental Health Center Military Liaison Initiative, Military and Veteran Family Initiative, Care Coordination, and a Military Resource Guide. More information can be found below.

Veterans Crisis Line: Call 1-800-273-8255, Press 1

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