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Project Description and Overview

What is an Alliance?
Army OneSource is creating state-level alliances to improve services and support for the Service Members and their Families living in the state. By mapping local Soldier/Family needs to gaps in available services, alliances can identify the areas of greatest need for Soldiers and Families and develop sustainable delivery systems for improved outcomes. AOS State Alliance members are state agencies and associations, educational institutions, and first responders. They represent the civilian service and support systems critical to successfully mitigating the negative consequences of the combat experience and empowering Service Members and their Families to live the lives they deserve.
 
What is Army OneSource?
Army OneSource is an Initiative to provide comprehensive community support and service delivery for Soldiers and their Families regardless of component or geographic location.  Through Community Support Coordinators located throughout the US, AOS is raising awareness and generating support among the private sector to effectively serve the unique challenges of Military life, including the growing demand for behavioral health, financial, legal and faith-based services. Utilizing traditional establishments on Military Installations, a Web-based portal, and local community partners, AOS is helping empower Soldiers and their Family Members to be strong, healthy and connected to the best resources wherever they may be.
 
Alliance Development Model
Alliances grant community/military leaders and Community Support Coordinators an opportunity to develop meaningful Alliances of mutual benefit that seek to meet the needs of Service members and their Families. Through shared responsibility,  Alliances recognize that communities can provide accessible support for the unmet needs of military Families and solutions for the impact of deployment on communities.
 
The Florida Military Behavioral Health Alliance (FLMBHA)
Assessment
According to the U.S. DoD Defense Manpower Data Center out of the 2,583,437 Service Members deployed nationwide from 9/11/01 – 9/30/13 reintegrating into the community, approximately 90,622 (67% Active, 33% Reserve/Guard) are doing so in the Sunshine state of Florida along with their approximate 190,214 dependents.
Florida has the 7th highest Active Duty population, the 3rd highest Reserve population, and 3rd largest Veteran population with approximately 1.6 million Veterans (12% of FL population 18+), 1.2 million of them being War time Veterans. In addition Florida has the 3rd highest disabled Veteran population with over 250,000.
 
Through meetings with Military Leadership and State and Family Programs Leadership and Staff it was expressed that there is a great need to educative civilian mental health professionals on Military Culture and the specific needs and issues related to the Military population. There is also a need to connect adequate and appropriate behavioral health resources to Service members, Veterans, and their Families.
 
Alliance Vision
To connect Military families to adequate and appropriate professional Behavioral Health resources in the state of Florida.
Alliance Primary Goal
To educate current Behavioral Health Services Providers on the Military Culture, Invisible Wounds of War and other Military specific behavioral health needs in the State of Florida.
 
Member Organizations
Courage Beyond
Crisis Center of Tampa Bay  
Elk Institute for Psychological Performance
Military OneSource
Saint Leo University
University of South Florida
Florida National Guard
Army OneSource
Florida State University
Troy University
Be-COS Counseling and Outreach Center
Camaraderie Foundation
National Alliance on Mental Health
Florida Mental Health Counseling Association
Florida Council for Community Mental Health
Bureau of Training at the Florida Public Safety Commission
Brain Injury Association of Florida
Florida Counseling Association
Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association
Florida Association of Marriage and Family Therapy
Mental Health America
Florida Department of Children and Families
Suncoast Mental Health Counseling Association
Suncoast Center for Community Health
Bayview Mental Health Center
US Army Garrison- Miami
Florida Kid Care
US Army Medical Recruiting Battalion
James A Haley VAMC
US Army Reserve
Switchboard of Miami
American Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces
Wounded Warrior Project
Nova Southeastern University Family Therapy Department

Connecting Military Families to Professional Resources

Service members and their Families will benefit from the increase of accessible quality behavioral health resources, information, education,
research and services that supports their behavioral health resiliency.

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