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But in 2005 and 2006, despite telling Congress that it was setting aside an additional $300 million for expanding mental-health services, such as PTSD programs, the VA didn't get around to spending $54 million of that, according to the Government Accountability Office.”Jan. 3, 2008
BATTLEMIND Title:Battlemind Transition Office Role:Prime Contractor Contract Number:VW81XWH-07-D-0011-0001 Contracting Agency:US Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity Type:IDIQ Period of Performance: 30-SEP-2007 through 29-SEP-2010 Customer:April 2008
News American Forces Press Service ‘Battlemind’ Prepares Soldiers for Combat, Returning Home By Susan Huseman Special to American Forces Press Service STUTTGART, Germany, – Every soldier headed to Iraq and Afghanistan receives “Battlemind” training designed to help them deal with combat experiences, but few know the science behind the program. Consequently, Dr. Amy Adler, a senior research psychologist with the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research’s U.S. Army Medical Research Unit Europe, in Heidelberg, Germany, visited Patch Barracks here, breaking down the program, which is a system of support and intervention.
By 2008 another $2.7 million was handed over to a contractor to make phone calls. Yep~phone calls! 570,000 veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan were supposed to be called to find out why they hadn’t gone to the VA.October 2008
“The Army and the National Institute of Mental Health have begun a five-year, $50 million research program into the factors behind soldier suicides and how to prevent them, Army Secretary Pete Geren told reporters at the Pentagon.April 2009
“The Army's alarming suicide trend continues this year, said David Rudd, the chairman of Tech's psychology department who will head the $1.97 million Defense Department study.March 23, 2010
Dr. Thomas Insel, director of National Institute of Mental Health gave testimony to congress on March 23, 2010. “In Fiscal Year 2009, NIMH spent over $41 million in 97 grants, in 23 states, dedicated to helping veterans. We are working with DoD, VA, and academic clinicians and researchers to focus on the mental health needs of active duty, National Guard, and Reserve service personnel, as well as veterans and their families.December 2011
The $125-million Comprehensive Soldier Fitness program requires soldiers to undergo the kind of mental pre-deployment tests and training that they have always had to undergo physically. Already, more than 1.1 million have had the mental assessments.
$11 million Department of Defense grant to test two different types of exposure therapy combined with the drug D-Cycloserine (DCS) for the treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).Emory University School of MedicineMarch 2012
$3.5 million grant for a research project to more effectively treat post-traumatic stress disorder and ultimately prevent it from occurring.May 2012
$10 million to outsource PTSD and TBI care. Congressmen Mike Thompson of California and Pete Sessions of Texas announced an amendment to create a five year “pilot program” to allow military patients to from civilian healthcare facilities. “Utilizing an array of leading-edge successful therapies to treat TBI and PTSD for the 2013 budget.June 4, 2012
“Master Resilience Trainer” is placed into an Army unit after 10 days of training. They were “charged with equipping fellow soldiers with thinking skills and strategies intended to help them more effectively handle the physical and psychological challenges of military life, including, most especially, combat operations.” The analysis added this, “However, the public that has paid over $100 million for the CSF program and, even more, the one million soldiers who are involuntarily subjected to CSF’s resiliency training deserve much better than the misrepresentations of effectiveness aggressively promoted.”
$31 million no-bid contract to Seligman’s positive psychology center at the University of Pennsylvania for CSF developmentJune 12, 2012
The Pentagon has not spent much of some $8 million Congress has provided for suicide prevention because the funds are allocated only for “in-house,” or hospital, care — not education and outreach programs, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.July 2012
Army Comprehensive Soldier Fitness is a $125 million program that seeks to make troops as psychologically fit as possible. But a group of psychologists says there’s no proof that the program — or similar resilience-building efforts in the other services — works.August 18, 2012
Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act Signed Authorization of Appropriations.--For the purpose of carrying out this section, there are authorized to be appropriated $5,000,000 for fiscal year 2005, $5,000,000 for fiscal year 2006, and $5,000,000 for fiscal year 2007.''. 108th Congress Public Law 355 The US Army has awarded a scientist at the Indiana University School of Medicine $3 million to develop a nasal spray that eclipses suicidal thoughts. Dr. Michael Kubek and his research team will have three years to ascertain whether the nasal spray is a safe and effective method of preventing suicides. US Army grants $3 million for anti-suicide nasal spray researchAugust 2012
UCLA School of Dentistry, has received a $3.8 million research grant to develop a salivary-biomarker approach for identifying individuals at future risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder and depression following a traumatic event.
Department of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center a five-year grant of $4.1 million to establish an Injury Control Research Center for Suicide Prevention (ICRC-S).
$2.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to study the effect of the Transcendental MeditationSept. 2012
VA, DOD to Fund $100 Million PTSD and TBI Study From a Department of Veterans Affairs News Release WASHINGTON, – The Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense today announced they are investing more than $100 million in research to improve diagnosis and treatment of mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. This year, approximately 3,400 researchers will work on more than 2,300 projects with nearly $1.9 billion in funding. Specific information on the consortia, including the full description of each award, eligibility, and submission deadlines, and general application instructions, are posted on the Grants.gov and CDMRP websites.
Fort Detrick is receiving $100 million in federal grants to fund research into post-traumatic stress disorder and mild traumatic brain injury.
$7.7 million grant from the Department of Defense (DoD) to study the most effective way to implement Prolonged Exposure therapy, an effective and efficient treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), among mental health practitioners who treat soldiers suffering from this disorder.October 31, 2012
Department of Defense Military Suicide Research Consortium decided they had $677,000 laying around and thought it would be good to spend in on finding out how 100 military families felt after the suicide loss of someone they loved and it would be worth the two years it would take thee the University of Kentucky to do it.