Innovative Practices for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury

The RAND Corporation is conducting a study to identify and evaluate the effectiveness of Department of Defense-sponsored programs that address psychological health and Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) among members of the military community. While most military personnel and their families cope well across the deployment cycle, some may suffer psychological problems including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, or anxiety disorders. There is also growing concern about the incidence of traumatic brain injury among service personnel. Over the past several years, the Department has implemented numerous programs, interventions, and policies to address these issues. These programs address various components of biologic, psychological, and social influences on health, and include programs across the resilience-prevention-treatment continuum.

This study has provided a Catalog of Programs and their characteristics that were in place between December 2009 and August 2010, and continues to release Program Evaluations for a subset of the 211 programs included in the Catalog.

Most recently, the authors have released a four-part toolkit designed to help those overseeing portfolios of multiple programs understand, evaluate, and improve program performance. A description of each part is contained in the Introduction to the RAND Tookit. You can also Search the RAND Online Measure Repository to browse and compare measures.

Catalog of Programs & Program Evaluations

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    Catalog of Programs to Address Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury

    The U.S. Department of Defense sponsors many programs for servicemembers and their families. RAND compiled a searchable online catalog of 211 programs that address psychological health and traumatic brain injury.

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    Evaluating the Implementation of the RESPECT-Mil Program

    The Re-Engineering Systems of Primary Care Treatment in the Military (RESPECT-Mil) Program is a system of care designed to screen, assess, and treat PTSD and depression in Army primary care settings. An independent team used existing program data and discussions with key stakeholders to conduct an implementation evaluation of the program.

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    Pre-Deployment Stress, Mental Health, and Help-Seeking Behaviors Among Marines

    As part of an evaluation of the Marine Corps Operational Stress Control and Readiness (OSCAR) program, this report describes the methods and findings of a large survey of marines who were preparing for a deployment to Iraq or Afghanistan in 2010 or 2011. The results are among the first to shed light on the pre-deployment mental health status of marines, as well as the social resources they draw on when coping with stress and their attitudes about seeking help for stress-related problems.

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    An Evaluation of the Implementation and Perceived Utility of the Airman Resilience Training Program

    Airman Resilience Training (ART) is a psychoeducational program designed to improve reactions to stress during and after deployment and to increase the use of needed mental health services. Its effectiveness is examined as part of an effort to evaluate programs that support psychological health and care for traumatic brain injury (TBI).

The RAND Toolkit