(5) To recommend uniform credentials and other requirements for healthcare professionals and support service staff who provide care and support for members of the Armed Forces and their dependents who suffer from substance use disorders.

(6) To establish, implement, and oversee a uniform and comprehensive program to train physician and non-physician healthcare professionals and support staff in the Department in the screening, intervention, treatment, and management of substance use disorders.

(7) To coordinate research, data collection, and data dissemination on the prevention, diagnosis, mitigation, treatment, and management of substance use disorders, and to maintain a database of information for that purpose.

(8) To facilitate advancements in the study of the short-term and long-term physical and psychological effects of substance use disorders.

(9) To disseminate evidence-based best practices within the military medical treatment facilities for training healthcare professionals and support staff with respect to substance use disorders.

(10) To conduct basic science and translational research on substance use disorders in members of the Armed Forces for the purposes of understanding the etiology of substance use disorders and developing preventive interventions and new treatments.

(11) To develop programs and outreach strategies for families of members of the Armed Forces with substance use disorders to address and to mitigate the impact of substance use disorders on such family members and to support the recovery of such members from substance use disorders.

(12) To conduct research on the health needs of families of members of the Armed Forces with substance use disorders and develop protocols to address any needs identified through such research.

(13) To disseminate information to families of members of the Armed Forces regarding ways to help prevent alcohol and drug abuse among their children, as well as educational materials to address how situations unique to military families, such as having a parent deployed, can increase stress levels and put a child at increased risk of abusing drugs or alcohol.

(14) To develop and oversee a long-term plan to increase the number of healthcare professionals and support personnel within the Department in order to facilitate the meeting by the Department



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