As part of a strategic realignment, the Madigan Department of Behavioral Health is relocating its resources across Joint Base Lewis-McChord to improve behavioral health access and care for active duty service members beginning Monday. Dedicated behavioral health teams will now be aligned with nearly all units on JBLM.
The concept of having behavioral health teams that directly support specific units on base is called embedded behavioral health. The model was adopted by the Army in 2012 following the successes of a pilot program at Fort Carson, Colo. Studies there found embedded behavioral health teams provide Soldiers easier access to treatment and support groups and help reduce the stigma attached to behavioral health. The Army requires full rollout of the embedded behavioral health model by 2016. Madigan is ahead of schedule and has already built five embedded behavioral health teams covering nearly 20,000 Soldiers and Airmen on JBLM, said Dr. Daniel Christensen, program lead for Embedded Behavioral Health at Madigan Army Medical Center.
It will take up to two years before embedded behavioral health teams will be attached to every unit on JBLM. To expand services to all active duty service members, Madigan has created two behavioral health homes that will open their doors Monday. As of that date, there will be no behavioral health services, including walk-in care at the main health care center. Instead, behavioral health will realign and relocate to Madigan Annex.
The Denali Behavioral Health Home, located in Building 9920A in the Madigan Annex, will serve Soldiers from I CORPS Headquarters, 16th Combat Aviation Brigade, 201st Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, 62nd Medical Brigade, 42nd Military Police Brigade, 35th Signal Brigade and the 6th Military Police Brigade (CID). The Yukon Behavioral Health Home, located in Building 9924B in the Madigan Annex, will serve Soldiers from the 7th Infantry Division Headquarters, 593rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command, 31st Air Defense Artillery, 71st Ordnance, 48th Chemical, the 189th and 191st Infantry brigades.
The McChord Behavioral Health Clinic already serves as a behavioral health home for the Airmen of the 62nd Airlift Wing and tenant units at McChord Field. With the new Yukon and Denali Behavioral Health Homes opening next month, there will now be a total of five embedded behavioral health teams and three behavioral health homes providing services to active duty service members across JBLM. As further funding becomes available, the behavioral health homes will transition to embedded behavioral health teams that will be located within the units.
Embedded behavioral health teams are better able to provide dedicated services to their assigned units and to better engage with unit leadership when needed to support the needs of Soldiers, Christensen said.
Madigan is also realigning its Behavioral Health Subspecialty Care Services. Behavioral Medicine, Neuropsychology and Health Psychology will now be a part of one specialty clinic called The Glacier Clinic, located in the Medical Mall of the main hospital. The clinic will also house the Tele-Behavioral Health and Administrative Behavioral Health services.
Consolidating the departments will make it easier for Soldiers and beneficiaries to access the services in one location, Christensen said.
A sexual assault prevention and treatment center in the main hospital is also in progress. The center will focus on sexual harassment and assault prevention efforts as well as provide treatment for victims of sexual assault.
Existing services, like the Child and Family Assistance Center, the School Behavioral Health Program, the Family Advocacy Program and the Social Work Intervention Service will remain in the Madigan Annex and continue to provide behavioral health services for service nembers and their families.
If you would like more information on any of the behavioral health services offered at Madigan, call 253-968-2700. A flyer listing all eight behavioral health teams, units covered, locations and phone numbers are available at medical clinics across JBLM and in the main hospital.