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OT Emerging Area - Veterans
Transcript of OT Emerging Area - Veterans
Provided activity and motivation for wounded/disabled servicemen improving physical and mental health Evolution of Occupational Therapy and the Military The issues of veteran care will continue to grow as there are 1.5 million Americans currently serving in armed forces and 22.7 million veterans.
Provided care includes treating TBI, PTSD, and help with polytrauma.
Of those, about one in ten (~2,387,000) served during the Gulf War Era II (Post-9/11) and nearly two-thirds of veterans in that era are currently under the age of 35.
Recent studies have shown that the military is failing to diagnose, treat, and document brain injuries in veterans. Studies have also shown that Tricare--the insurance-style program for for nearly 4 million active-duty military and retirees--will not cover cognitive rehabilitation therapy.
PTSD: diagnosis increased six fold from 2003-2008 Why this area? Injury and Illness PTSD November 21, 2011: VOW to Hire Heroes Act
Returning Heroes Tax Credit
Wounded Warriors Tax Credit
July 12, 2012: Veterans Skills to Jobs Act
Easier for veterans to put their skills to work and manufacturing companies to hire thousands of returning service members
August 31, 2012
Executive Order that strengthens suicide prevention and improves mental health services for veterans, service members, and military family members American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
Provided the VA with more than $1.4 billion to improve services provided to veterans
Joining Forces Initiative
Gives service members and their families opportunities and support
August 5, 2011
President Obama announced new commitments that will provide a comprehensive plan to lower veteran unemployment
November 7, 2011
President Obama introduced new resources created to help veterans translate their military skills for the civilian workforce Work as a therapeutic medium has been a core concept since the inception of occupational therapy.
Provides a sense of security, belonging and self-esteem; it is a role with which all Soldiers can identify.
OT’s role with veteran’s health care in the past focused on the aging and disabled veteran population.
Now working with physical as well as psychological injuries.
Specific skills training in the area of work readiness includes work habits, values, interests, work skills, and vocational exploration, along with the “just right” fit
Unemployment rate for veterans ages 18-24 is approximately 21 percent.
Employers apprehensive about hiring due to mental status
Veterans fired due to altercations with co-workers
If bad economic conditions (can trigger PTSD)
About 1 in 4 (633,000) veterans who served in Gulf War-era II reported having a service-connected disability
Of these, 80.0 percent were in the labor force in August 2011. Demographics There are approx. 22,234,000 veterans in U.S.
Women make up ~8% of veteran population
As of 2011, more than 1.5 million Americans have served in Iraq
About 17% of our nation's 2.4 million veterans who served during Gulf War era II (post 9/11) are women.
compared to only 3% of veterans from WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam era Geographical Social Overwhelming at first
Social stigma that military veterans can go "AWOL"
Many mental problems
Victims of government
Hard for them to go to places in community
People like to help veterans
Not sure how
Veterans don't want/think they need help Work and Employment Models
Services Models 1917 1990 1939- -Based on the individual's growth as a person rather than solving their problem
-Change occurs as an individual strives to self actualize Client Centered Service Delivery 12% of the 1.6 million OEF-OIF soldiers have sustained a mild TBI (mTBI)
mTBI symptoms usually subside within 3 months post-injury
symptoms remain in 10-30% of mTBI cases
OT can intervene in several areas:
Client and family education
Resumption of life tasks/roles
Emotional well-being TBI 700+ US military bases worldwide
In WV, Veterans =12.2% of population
Women make up 1.6 % of WV veterans Mental Health-----------Physical disabilities-------------------------------------------------------Holistic---- Acute: immunizations, health screenings, inpatient and outpatient mental health and substance abuse treatment, and medical and surgical services
Long-Term: Geriatric Evaluation, Adult Day Health Care, Respite Care, Home Care, Hospice/Palliative Care VA Covered Services Readjustment Counseling and Outreach Services
-available to veterans who served in combat zone
-through Vet Centers--community-based counseling centers
-services also available to family for military related issues
-little to no cost to family
Veterans Crisis Line
-for veterans, family, and friends
-can discuss anything, from coping with mental health issues to difficulty with relationships or transitioning back to civilian life
Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010
-provides certain medical, travel, training, and financial benefits to caregivers of certain veterans seriously injured during service on or after 9/11/01 Some services provided May qualify for VA health care benefits if:
-served in active military, naval, or air service
-separated under any condition other than dishonorable
VA Health Care Enrollment Priority Groups:
-Veteran completes an application, then their eligibility is verified
-Veteran will be placed in a priority group based on eligibility status
-Priority groups range from 1-8, with 1 being the highest priority
Can use private health insurance as a supplement to VA benefits.
**VA health care is NOT considered a health insurance plan. Reimbursement with:
Cara Damm OTR/L Professional Perspective Political Political Soldiers with "shell shock" respond to inpatient/outpatient services
Term "shell shock" would later become know as PTSD
Profession starts to shift focus from mental health to physical disabilities 1945 1942-1960 Rehabilitation movement
- after the development of Medicare/caid
- initially developed for wounded soldiers
- acknowledgment of OT as vital to soldier recovery
- reorganization of Veterans Administration to allow for rehab 1946 Hill-Burton Act
federal aid provided for construction of rehab hospitals
required to offer PT, OT, psychological, social and vocational rehab Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
- push for EBP in treatment, return to occupations Present Red Cards 34 years old.
Served 2 terms in Iraq (2004 until 2008)
Married 6 months before deployment
Wife pregnant at the time.
Now has three children (aged 8, 4, & 2)
Only survivor of suicide bomber MVA
Three closest comrades killed
Trouble re-integrating at first
Isolation from family
Now engages with family
Still experience anxiety in public
Recently diagnosed with PTSD Bill MOHO Model
Systemic, holistic approach for clients with varying needs and populations across the lifespan
Stresses the importance of the mind/body connection and how motivation and performance of occupations are interconnected
Major focus for practice: On the client and how environment contributes to one's source of motivation, patterns of behavior, and performance Purple Cards 38 years old
Wife and 2 daughters
Involved in a vehicle explosion while serving in Iraq in 2009
Suffered a TBI and injuries to both of my feet
Still suffers from STM loss and balance issues
Loss of social interactions.
Unsafe driver Lieutenant Joseph Brown Green Cards 23 years old
Join the military after high school
Served 4 years in Iraq
Suffered severe burns to from an IED blast
Worked and quit from local grocery store
Hard time adjusting to civilian life Kate Blue Cards 35 y/o returning war veteran.
Left leg, below the knee amputation.
No prosthetic leg
Ambulates with crutches
Worried about social stigma
Wishes to return to pre-deployment form in the community
Includes: running errands, attending his children's soccer games, and watching football with his buddies at a local sports bar.
Has a strong support system
Fear of being treated "differently" impeding participation Jim 3 Categories of symptoms
Prevalence of PTSD
Afghanistan = 6 – 11%
Iraq = 12 – 20%
Not only affects military personnel
Family and friends affected as well
Sensory processing, cognition, and emotional regulation abilities all affected Yellow Cards Alyssa 40 years old
Active duty military OT Works in a Warrior Transition Unit
I serve wounded warriors who sustain poly-trauma
Two or more physical and/or cognitive injuries
Includes TBI, PTSD, amputations, vision and hearing loss, nerve damage, multiple bone fractures, infections, and any other injuries sustained during active duty. References Physical
Hearing/Vision Loss Top Military Health
•Substance abuse Policies that promote veteran employment Homeless Veterans' Reintegration Program (HVRP)
Assists in reintegrating homeless veterans into meaningful employment within the labor force and to stimulate the development of effective service delivery systems that will address the complex problems facing homeless veterans.
Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS)
Offers employment and training services to eligible veterans through a non-competitive Jobs for Veterans State Grants Program.
Funds provided to each state's Workforce based on number of veterans
Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA)
Protects civilian job rights and benefits for veterans and members of Reserve components.
Gold Card initiative
Provides unemployed post-9/11 era veterans with the intensive and follow-up services they need to succeed in today's job market.
Joint effort of the Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration (ETA) and the Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS). Brett Simpson Project manager Understand where they’re coming from
-wars are different, where individuals are stationed in the same wars are different
-stressors (attacks, lack of supplies, climate/terrain of the land)
-length of time served, number of deployments
Understand their medical concerns
-physical, mental, multiple
-appearance, depression, substance abuse, social stigma
Understand their support system
-family, friends, occupations
-supportive, distance, employed/unemployed
Understand their goals
-client centered treatment
-walk, drive a car, dance, etc (amputation)
-return to work (now unemployed)
- reconnect with family, friends (helping them to understand – PTSD, depression, etc)
-return to occupations/hobbies Social Re-integration Group Cases Pick 3 interventions for your specific case study More wounded service members survive severe and complicated injuries than ever before due to more sophisticated body armor, helmets, and medicine.
Warrior Transition Units
5 polytrauma rehabilitation centers
18 polytrauma network sites
85 polytrauma support clinics Polytrauma As the number of returning veterans increase, so does the need for services such as Occupational Therapy
The veterans of today will are who we will be treating
Important to understand the holistic approach
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