MILES MCFALL, PH.D.
DIRECTOR, PTSD TREATMENT PROGRAMS
VA PUGET SOUND HEALTH CARE SYSTEM
UNITED STATES SENATE
COMMITTEE ON VETERANS' AFFAIRS
August 17, 2007
Good Morning, Senator Murray. Thank you for the opportunity to discuss VA Puget Sound Health Care System's service to veterans with stress-related mental disorders. I would like to request my statement be submitted for the record. I will begin by discussing our medical center's specialized mental health programs, then later move to our outreach and research plans.
VA Puget Sound hosts an array of complementary clinical treatment programs uniquely tailored to the needs of veterans from all eras of military service.
VA is conducting aggressive outreach with the Washington Department of Veterans Affairs, the Washington State National Guard, and a host of other federal and state agencies because early intervention for OIF / OEF veterans is the best method for preventing normal readjustment responses which can, in certain instances, solidify into chronic PTSD. Mental health staff from VHA facilities in Washington provided screening, counseling, and education to nearly 3,000 active duty service members during 32 "Family Activity Day" events since 2005.
PTSD Research is vital to providing the best care possible to our veterans and service members. VA Puget Sound research investigators have amassed over $23 million in competitive research funds from VA, the Department of Defense (DoD ), and the National Institutes of Health and have published more than 60 scientific papers on underlying mechanisms and treatment approaches for PTSD.
This concludes my testimony. Thank you for the opportunity to appear before you today, Senator Murray. I would be happy to answer any questions you may have.
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Reviewed/Updated Date: November 10, 2009