Division Mental Health in the New Brigade Combat Team Structure: Part II. Redeployment and Postdeployment

3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, GA 31314, USA.
Military medicine (Impact Factor: 0.77). 10/2007; 172(9):912-7. DOI: 10.7205/MILMED.172.9.912
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Recent Army transformation has led to significant changes in roles and demands for division mental health staff members. This article focuses on redeployment and postdeployment.
The postdeployment health assessment behavioral health screening and referral process and redeployment plan are reviewed, and data on postdeployment rates of negative events are reported.
All soldiers and many of their families participated in an aggressive education program. Of the 19,500 soldiers screened, 2,170 (11.1%) were referred for behavioral health consultation; of those referred, 219 (10.1%) were found to be at moderate or high risk for mental health issues (1.1% of total screened). Of the moderate/highrisk soldiers, 146 (71.9%) accepted follow-up mental health treatment upon return to home station. Fewer cases of driving under the influence, positive drug screens, suicidal gestures/ attempts, crimes, and acts of domestic violence were seen, in comparison with rates seen after an earlier deployment of this unit to Iraq.
A formalized approach with command support and coordination can have a positive impact on successful referral and treatment and reduce negative postdeployment events.

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