Title: MISSION-Diversion & Recovery for Traumatized Veterans (MISSION-Direct Vet)
Dates: 10/1/2008 - 9/30/2013
Funder: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
PI: Debra Pinals, M.D.
Abstract: The Massachusetts jail diversion project, MISSION-Diversion & Recovery for Traumatized Veterans (MISSION-DIRECT VET), seeks to reduce criminal justice involvement among veterans with mental health and substance abuse histories and giving priority to veterans with trauma related symptoms. It seeks to achieve this through veteran focused wrap around services that systematically combine evidenced-based practices including mental health and substance abuse treatment, case management, trauma informed care, and peer support. The treatment intervention adopts the SAMHSA funded MISSION approach previously developed by UMMS investigators. This project also takes advantage of a long standing partnership between DMH (lead agency for oversight and dissemination), Community HealthLink (for the pilot site in Worcester, MA), the Department of Veterans Affairs (the clinical partners), and CMHSR.
Personnel: David Smelson, Psy.D.(Co-PI), Albert Grudzinskas, Jr., J.D.(Co-I), Carl Fulwiler, M.D., Ph.D.(Co-I), William Fisher, Ph.D.(Co-I), Elizabeth Aaker, M.S.