all receive ongoing training on military matters and military lifestyle. The program can be especially helpful to service members and their families who live at a distance from installations. (DoD, 2012, p. 1)

Military OneSource also provides basic information on alcohol abuse and Web links for the Army’s Substance Abuse Program, Cocaine Anonymous, TRICARE Alcohol Awareness, and other related sources (DoD, 2012). In response to the committee’s request for information, the program manager of Military OneSource explained the scope of services available. The counseling provided by Military OneSource’s contracted providers is nonmedical in nature (e.g., connecting people to resources; counseling on relationship issues, readjustment, and stress). Individuals presenting with an issue that warrants a mental health diagnosis or pharmacotherapy are referred to services through the Military Health System or their health insurance. In July 2011, in response to concern that providers were counseling people beyond their scope,2 an internal policy clarification was sent to Military OneSource providers specifying the nonmedical nature of the counseling that should be provided. The committee finds that while Military OneSource provides a confidential means for service members and their families to be screened for SUDs and referred to resources, the lack of any clinical counseling indicates that the service is not designed to provide actual treatment for mental health issues.

AIR FORCE

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment (ADAPT) Program

Purpose and Goals Clinical Focus Program Evaluation/Outcomes Target Population EBPs
  • The ADAPT Program provides substance related assessment, preventative education, clinical treatment and referral services for Airmen, civilian employees, and family members.
  • Prevention
  • Diagnosis
  • Treatment
  • Access time to substance assessment and clinical treatment
  • Proportion of participants completing treatment program (tracked locally only)
  • Active Duty
  • Reserve
  • National Guard
  • Dependents
  • Substance Abuse Counselors are trained in motivational interviewing and cognitive-behavioral interventions

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2 Personal communication, Dave Kennedy, Program Manager of Military OneSource, August 11, 2011 (Office of the Secretary of Defense, Personnel and Readiness, Military Community and Family Policy).



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