What we do
The Mental Health Flight is comprised of providers with diverse training backgrounds such as social work, psychology, psychiatry, nursing and alcohol and drug counseling. Providers are supported by mental health specialists, technicians and administrators. These professionals work together in an outpatient environment to ensure resources are available in four key areas.
- Primary Care Behavioral Health: A provider and nurse embedded in Primary Care address emotional or behavioral concerns that may be related to your health. Appointments are brief (20-30 minutes) and most people who use this service do not go on to need the more intensive specialty mental health care.
- Mental Health Clinic: Psychotherapy, medication management and psychological testing are resources that can be used alone or in combination to treat your concerns.
- Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment (ADAPT) Program. A provider leads a team of certified alcohol and drug counselors to identify and treat substance use issues via group and individual therapy.
- Family Advocacy Program. This service offers programs to reduce domestic violence and child maltreatment in the military. Family counseling is also available before domestic violence happens and can be requested if you or your family are at risk.
What we want you to know
- Research is clear: Treatment is effective.
- Psychotherapy patients tend to make the most rapid progress in the first 6-10 sessions.
- We expect patients to be actively engaged in their care, set goals, and work toward returning to duty and other areas of life that have been impacted.
- Venting (catharsis) provides temporary relief. Please use treatment to build a set of coping skills that you can use to manage future problems.
- Careers are impacted by problematic behavior or symptom severity, not by the act of seeking help.
- Problematic behavior impacts your security clearance, retraining opportunities, retainability, and more. These behaviors lead to administrative paperwork.
- e.g., A security clearance renewal can easily be delayed for further examination if you have a history of alcohol-related misconduct.
- On the other hand, as with any health concern, treatment can have a temporary influence on some opportunities while the condition heals.
- e.g., Some duty locations are known for limited resources, isolation and high alcohol intake. Sending you there in the first year after completing treatment for an alcohol use disorder may be an unnecessary risk and the assignment could be changed by AFPC.Telehealth is often available.