Department of Defense Task Force on Mental Health Meetings Slated for National Capital Region

Feb 13, 2007, 00:00 ET from U.S. Army

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Defense (DoD) Task Force on Mental Health will host open meetings Feb. 26-27, Double Tree Hotel, 300 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, Va. Open sessions will be from 8 a.m.-12:15 p.m. on Feb 26 and from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. on Feb 27. The room location of the meeting will be posted in the hotel lobby.     The public and media are invited to attend the open sessions. The open meetings provide an opportunity for attendees to hear briefings on mental health related topics. Additionally, time will be set aside one day for Task Force members to hear statements from veterans, DoD beneficiaries, their families, the public, and from veteran and military service organizations. A final agenda will be posted at http://www.ha.osd.mil/DHB/mhtf/default.cfm under the 2007 February Task Force Meetings section.     Testimony to the Task Force during the open meeting should be in the form of a statement rather than a briefing or presentation, and should be no longer than 10 minutes. However, written statements of any length may be submitted to the Task Force at http://www.ha.osd.mil/DHB/mhtf/submission.cfm. Beneficiaries who may not wish to speak publicly or who are unable to attend the meeting may submit their statements at this link. The link will available until 5 p.m. (Eastern time), March 2, 2007.     According to the Task Force co-chairs, members want to hear from beneficiaries about all aspects of mental health care, including access, quality -- even the stigma associated with seeking this care. They are also interested in understanding how deployments impact children and spouses, and about care received from civilian practitioners.     The Task Force was established at the direction of Congress and will submit a report to Secretary of Defense in May 2007 that will include an assessment of, and recommendations for improving the effectiveness of mental health services provided to service members.     The Task Force consists of seven DoD members and seven non-DoD members. It is co-chaired by Lt. Gen. Kevin Kiley, Army Surgeon General and Dr. Shelley M. MacDermid, Associate Professor in the Department of Child Development and Family Studies, Purdue University and the Co-Director for the Military Family Research Institute at Purdue.     For a list of members of the DoD Mental Health Task Force, click on the following URL: http://www.ha.osd.mil/DHB/mhtf/members.cfm.     Point of contact for public or media inquiries is Cynthia Vaughan, +1-703-681-0519, Cynthia.Vaughan@us.army.mil.  

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    WASHINGTON, Feb. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Defense (DoD) Task Force on Mental Health will host open meetings Feb. 26-27, Double Tree Hotel, 300 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, Va. Open sessions will be from 8 a.m.-12:15 p.m. on Feb 26 and from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. on Feb 27. The room location of the meeting will be posted in the hotel lobby.     The public and media are invited to attend the open sessions. The open meetings provide an opportunity for attendees to hear briefings on mental health related topics. Additionally, time will be set aside one day for Task Force members to hear statements from veterans, DoD beneficiaries, their families, the public, and from veteran and military service organizations. A final agenda will be posted at http://www.ha.osd.mil/DHB/mhtf/default.cfm under the 2007 February Task Force Meetings section.     Testimony to the Task Force during the open meeting should be in the form of a statement rather than a briefing or presentation, and should be no longer than 10 minutes. However, written statements of any length may be submitted to the Task Force at http://www.ha.osd.mil/DHB/mhtf/submission.cfm. Beneficiaries who may not wish to speak publicly or who are unable to attend the meeting may submit their statements at this link. The link will available until 5 p.m. (Eastern time), March 2, 2007.     According to the Task Force co-chairs, members want to hear from beneficiaries about all aspects of mental health care, including access, quality -- even the stigma associated with seeking this care. They are also interested in understanding how deployments impact children and spouses, and about care received from civilian practitioners.     The Task Force was established at the direction of Congress and will submit a report to Secretary of Defense in May 2007 that will include an assessment of, and recommendations for improving the effectiveness of mental health services provided to service members.     The Task Force consists of seven DoD members and seven non-DoD members. It is co-chaired by Lt. Gen. Kevin Kiley, Army Surgeon General and Dr. Shelley M. MacDermid, Associate Professor in the Department of Child Development and Family Studies, Purdue University and the Co-Director for the Military Family Research Institute at Purdue.     For a list of members of the DoD Mental Health Task Force, click on the following URL: http://www.ha.osd.mil/DHB/mhtf/members.cfm.     Point of contact for public or media inquiries is Cynthia Vaughan, +1-703-681-0519, Cynthia.Vaughan@us.army.mil.  SOURCE U.S. Army