Veterans Affairs: Overview of Issues & Services (Video Conference)

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  • This page has been updated with post-event information.
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  • This event is a video conference that will broadcast from the Mandel Center at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, to multiple sites around the state.
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Providing integrated services for co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders to veterans of the U.S. armed forces and their family members requires a special sensitivity to the military culture of the veteran and their unique experiences.  While veterans seek services throughout the Ohio public mental-health and addiction-treatment systems for many reasons, there is a vast array of services within Veterans Affairs to access. Therefore, it is important for all providers to be aware of and to facilitate access to VA-based services.

Key words/topics: 

  • Co-occurring disorders
  • Military culture
  • Benefits eligibility
  • VA system of care
  • Family members/caregivers

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to ...

  • Describe key elements of military culture and implications for clinical approaches to care.
  • Explain services available to veterans and their family members and how to access VA services.
  • List benefits eligibility and how to determine eligibility.
  • Recognize how to appreciate the dynamics of being a family member and implications for best serving them.


The Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center:

  • Michael J. Biscaro, PsyD, ABBP, is Board Certified in Forensic Psychology and a Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology. He is currently employed at the Louis Stokes Cleveland DVAMC, where he is the Program Director/Team Leader for the Recovery Resource Center.
  • Rachel Slepecky, Ph.D., has been employed at the Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center since 2008.  She has worked with and treated veterans with PTSD and have worked with general mental-health patients.  Recently her work as been more focused on the asessment and treatment of individuals with serious mental illness.
  • Lauren Kaplafka, LISW-S, has been employed with Veterans Affairs of Cleveland since 2009 in the Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center. The center specializes in recovery-based mental health treatment for Veterans diagnosed with serious mental illness.

Center for Evidence-Based Practices at Case Western Reserve University:

  • Patrick Boyle, MSSA, LISW-S, LICDC, is Director of Implementation Services at the Center (get bio).


This event is one of a three-part series co-sponsored by the Center for Evidence-Based Practices at Case Western Reserve University and the Veterans Administration (VA) medical centers. Click each to learn more:

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Our training events are open to professionals from multiple disciplines, service settings, and systems of care who provide healthcare, behavioral healthcare, and other services to people with mental illness or co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders. Examples of people who attend our events include the following:

Service roles

  • Program managers
  • Team leaders
  • Clinical supervisors
  • Quality assurance professionals
  • Administrators
  • Policymakers
  • Direct-service staff
  • Peer specialists

Service settings

  • Behavioral healthcare organizations (e.g., mental health, addiction services)
  • County boards (e.g., mental health, addiction services)
  • Psychiatric hospitals (state and community)
  • Hospitals
  • Criminal justice (e.g., police, courts, jail, probation, parole)
  • Residential
  • Housing
  • Health clinics (primary health)
  • Health Homes

Professional disciplines

  • Mental-health services
  • Addiction services
  • Social work
  • Psychology
  • Primary healthcare
  • Psychiatry
  • Nursing
  • Occupational therapy
  • Residential
  • Housing
  • Criminal justice
  • Vocational rehabilitation

Service models and strategies

Individuals and service teams from organizations implementing the following practices and service strategies are also encouraged to attend:

  • Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT)
  • Assertive Community Treatment (ACT)
  • Dual Diagnosis Capability in Addiction Treatment (DDCAT)
  • Dual Diagnosis Capability in Mental Health Treatment (DDCMHT)
  • Tobacco Recovery Across the Continuum (TRAC)
  • Supported Employment/ Individual Placement and Support (SE/ IPS)
  • Illness Management and Recovery (IMR)
  • Wellness Management and Recovery (WMR)
  • Integrated Primary and Behavioral Healthcare (IPBH) & Health Homes

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February 27, 2013
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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February 21, 2013 (11:59 PM) EST
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