AfterDeployment (afterdeployment.dcoe.mil) provides self-care solutions targeting post-traumatic stress, depression, and other behavioral health challenges common to military life.
- To be the pre-eminent psychological health and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) web portal serving the military community.
- Create and provide media-rich, web-based, self-care solutions targeting mental health problems common to military life.
- Conduct research and determine best practices for delivering online mental health resources to service members, veterans and their families.
- Develop psychological health and TBI standards, processes, and review mechanisms.
- Act as the Department of Defense resource for providing pre-clinical care to warfighters and their families addressing common behavioral health problems faced in military life including the stresses before and after deployment.
- Coordinate telehealth services to educate, prevent, screen, assess, and treat common adjustment issues.
- Train senior leadership and behavioral health providers on best practices for treatment and prevention approaches using technology.
- Offer self-care solutions for addressing mental health needs.
- Obtain resources necessary to develop new programs on an as-needed basis.
AfterDeployment (afterdeployment.dcoe.mil) is a program that helps service members, veterans and their families identify, understand and get support for behavioral health problems common to military life.
Afterdeployment is an online program that helps service members, veterans and their families identify, understand and get support for behavioral health problems common to military life. The website provides self-care solutions targeting post-traumatic stress, depression, anger, sleep, relationship concerns, and other mental health challenges.
Military life presents many challenges to service members and their families including transitions, duty changes, irregular sleep schedules and more. Approximately 20% of OIF/OEF Service Members report adjustment problems in the months following a deployment. Limited provider availability and the stigma of being labeled with a “mental illness” are some of the barriers service members and veterans mention regarding seeking face-to-face care. In this light, the need for online behavioral health tools has never been greater.
About the National Center for Telehealth & Technology:
The National Center for Telehealth & Technology (T2) emerged from the military leadership’s desire to leverage the latest technologies to help Service Members suffering with Psychological Health (PH) concerns and/or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).
Physically located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, near Tacoma, Washington, T2 is responsible for managing telehealth and technology programs within the Defense Centers of Excellence. T2’s core mission is to foster comprehensive programs that develop, evaluate, research, standardize, and deploy new and existing technologies for psychological health and traumatic brain injury throughout the Defense Department (DoD). T2 meets this mission by serving as the principal DoD coordinator in such areas as innovative technology applications, suicide surveillance, online behavioral health tools, and telehealth.
About the Defense Centers of Excellence:
Under the leadership of Army Brig. Gen. Loree K. Sutton, special assistant to the assistant secretary of defense for health affairs, DCoE was created in November 2007. DCoE is the open front door of the Department of Defense for warriors and their families needing help with PH and TBI issues, promoting the resilience, recovery and reintegration of warriors and their families.
DCoE partners with the Department of Defense, the Department of Veterans Affairs and a national network of military and civilian agencies, community leaders, advocacy groups, clinical experts, and academic institutions to establish best practices and quality standards for the treatment of PH and TBI. Our work is carried out across these major areas: clinical care; education and training; prevention; research and patient, family and community outreach.
AfterDeployment is a core Defense Centers of Excellence project led by the National Center for Telehealth & Technology (T2; Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA).
AfterDeployment is a core project within the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE PH-TBI), and led at Joint Base Lewis-McChord by the National Center for Telehealth and Technology Center (T2).
Project partners for AfterDeployment include leading behavioral health experts from the Department of Defense, Veterans Affairs, and civilian agencies.
AfterDeployment has developed a number of collaborative relationships with experts in the development of research initiatives in the area of behavioral health technological solutions that support it. These include:
- Department of Veteran Affairs
- Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC)
- Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC)
- National Center for PTSD, Palo Alto, CA
- University of Washington
- Trauma and Neurosurgery Program, St. Michael's Hospital, Ontario, CA
- University of Texas
- Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota
- Foreign Service Institute, U.S. Department of State
- National VA Chaplain Center
Find out ways to promote and disseminate information about AfterDeployment and other behavioral health techonology solutions developed and supported by T2 by visiting T2's website at t2health.dcoe.mil or contact us..