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Creating and Seizing Opportunities to Serve the Military. Case Study: Air Force Clinical Training Project David Litts Associate Director, Suicide Prevention Resource Center. The Military. 1.4M Active members* Army – 507k Navy – 348k Air Force – 347k Marines – 180k

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creating and seizing opportunities to serve the military

Creating and Seizing Opportunities to Serve the Military

Case Study: Air Force Clinical Training Project

David Litts

Associate Director, Suicide Prevention Resource Center

the military
The Military
  • 1.4M Active members*
    • Army – 507k
    • Navy – 348k
    • Air Force – 347k
    • Marines – 180k
  • 1.2M Reserve and Guard**
  • 650k Civilian employees*

*Source: DoD, 2006

**Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2004

military culture
Military Culture
  • Constitutional underpinning: civilian control
  • Each branch culturally distinct
  • People: the most important weapon system
  • Patriotic volunteers in service to country
  • Commitment to the mission; willing to die
  • Values: excellence, integrity, service
  • Leaders: Aiming to do “right” in very political environment
relationships matter
Relationships Matter
  • May 06 – Problem: ”Have money; need training; no time.”
  • June 06 – Drafted solution
  • Aug 06 – RFP: proposals due in 2 weeks
  • Sep 06 – Awarded
case study air force the need
Case Study:Air Force: The Need
  • Pioneered comprehensive approaches to suicide prevention in ’90s
  • Implemented and evaluated extensive public health approaches to preventing suicide
  • Recognized relative deficit in training of mental health providers—1200 of them at 79 locations worldwide
hhd solution amsr
HHD Solution: AMSR
  • Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk: Core Competencies for Mental Health Professionals
    • One-day workshop
    • Developed during first 3-year contract for SPRC
    • Deployed April 2006
    • Completed ~ 17 workshops in first 7 mos
af contract requirements
AF Contract Requirements
  • Conduct AMSR workshops at 45 bases in 12 months
    • Trainers:
      • Doctoral level
      • > 10 yrs in practice;
      • > 2 yrs in clinical training settings
    • Curriculum:
      • Developed by panel of nationally recognized experts
      • Focuses on essential skills for assessing and managing suicide risk
thought questions
Thought Questions
  • For what other unmet DoD/VA needs are there HHD solutions?
  • With whom do we have relationships that could produce service opportunities?
  • Where should we seek similar relationships?
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