Project #19067 - Veteran's Mental Health

This is a 16-20 page research paper (not including references and double spaced) on Increasing the Access of Quality Mental Health Care Needs for America's Veterans. 

Thesis should be clear please! 

Briefly trace the history of the issue, describe current state and federal policies addressing the issue and discuss recommendations for future action.  

While there are mental health services available to our returning Veterans, there are still quite a few gaps in the Veterans' mental health care systems where treatment only gives them minimal adequate care. This paper should point out the gaps and provide recommendations. Below is a rough outline of things that should be included. Please write the research paper in chronological  order of combat eras and provide well thought out transitions for each new paragraph.


- History of Mental Health Care in America's Veterans. 

- The Prevalence of these conditions (Veterans' mental health disorders such as PTSD & Depression)

- History of the previous mental health systems of care for meeting Vet's needs. 

Break down of different combat eras to include: 

- Vietnam War, 

- WWII, and 

- Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts (OEF/OIF aka Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom) 

- The Post 9/11 GI Bill is the largest investment in veterans’ education since World War II, covering the full cost of an undergraduate education at any public university or college in the country and many private schools for our nation's newest generation of veterans. Helping with mental health.

- Describe current state and federal policies addressing the issue for Veterans

- Meeting the health care needs of returning troops who suffer from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

- Examine the care systems, identified gaps in care and barriers to care, and assessed how best to fill these gaps.

- Recommendations and Conclusions


References:(Must Use at least 12-15 citations in the paper in APA format)

Must use a majority of these references below and any others that you find on your own that are helpful. 

1. Cochran, S.D., Sullivan, J.G., & Mays, V.M. (2003). Prevalence of mental disorders, psychological distress, and mental health services use among lesbian, gay,and bisexual adults in the United States. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 71, 53-61.

2. Health Services Use in the Department of Veterans Affairs among Returning Iraq War and Afghan War Veterans with PTSD



5. President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health (March 5, 2003). "Summary Report of the Subcommittee on Consumer Issues: Shifting to a Recovery-Based Continuum of Community Care" (Consumer Issues Summary)

6. President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health Executive Summary. 

7. Greenberg, G.A. & Rosenheck, R.A. (2008).  Jail Incarceration, Homelessness, and Mental Health: A National Study. Psychiatric Services 59(2), 170-177.

8. Katz, I.R., Kemp. J.E., Blow, F.C, McCarthy, J.F. & Bossarte, R.M. (2013). Changes in suicide rates and in mental health staffing in the Veterans Health Administration, 2005-2009. Psychiatric Services, 64(7), 620-625.

9. Corrigan, P. (2012). Research and the elimination of the stigma of mental illness.  British Journal of Psychiatry 201: 7-8.

10. Levin, B., Hennessy, K.D., & Petrila, J. (2004). Mental Health Services: A public health perspective.  Oxford: Oxford University Press.  Chapter 3; especially pages 42-50.


11. Petrila, J., & Douglas, K. S. (2002). Legal issues in maximum security institutions for people with mental illness: Liberty, security, and administrative discretion. Behavioral Sciences & the Law, 20(5), 463-480. doi:10.1002/bsl.505.

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Due By (Pacific Time) 12/08/2013 11:00 am
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