Pennsylvania National Guard - Behavioral Health Resource Guide

Operation Enduring Freedom / Operation Iraqi Freedom


PA Guard & Army Web Sites


  Provides education and information on a variety of mental health issues.

  PA Guard - - click on Mental Health

  Army -


Military Mental Health Self-Assessment for Families and Service Members


Free anonymous and voluntary online and telephone mental health self assessment for:


  Depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Anxiety Disorder, Bipolar Disorder and Alcohol Abuse

  Available 24/7 at

  Provides immediate feedback and referral information on TRICARE, Vet Centers, Military One Source, and Deployment Health for family members and service personnel affected by deployment and mobilization.

  Online and telephone self-assessment approach intended to help families and service members identify their symptoms and obtain assistance.

  Toll-free Telephone Self-Assessment - (877) 877-3647.


Veterans Affairs (VA)


  Provides free medical and mental health care for two years after discharge from active duty for conditions possibly related to your combat theatre service, regardless of your income status. After two years, VA services continue to be available for eligible individuals. Co-pays are then based on income.

  PA VA network consists of 8 Medical Centers, 33 Community Based Outpatient Clinics, 8 Vet Centers, and a PTSD program -

  VA also has specialized health and counseling services for women who served. Contact information for Women Veteran Program Managers -

  General information number for VA questions: 1-877-222-VETS.

  Vet Center Readjustment Counseling -


TRICARE Behavioral Health Plan


  Soldiers and their families are eligible for six months of mental health care after discharge from active duty.

  Recorded mental health information available on Audio Health Library 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. or telephone 1-877-TRICARE (1-877-874-2273)

Military Once Source


  24 hour, 7 days per week Information and Referral service for National Guard soldiers and their families. Private and confidential.

  Services include interactive web site, educational materials, research on issues and resources, and referrals to match specific needs.

  No cost to service member or family.

  Short term face-to-face counseling by licensed professional in your community (up to six sessions per person per issue).

  Services also available for six-months after discharge from the Guard. or telephone 800-342-9647


Troop & Family Counseling Services for National Guard & Reserves (1-888-755-9355)


  24-hour, 7 days per week year-round free access. Private and confidential.

  Counseling professionals include social workers, marriage and family counselors, psychologists, and child and youth counselors.

  Soldier and family are entitled to six prepaid face-to-face counseling sessions for issues related to marriage/relationship issues, family issues, stress and anxiety, depression, grief and loss, anger management, and parent/child communication.

  No cost to service member or family.

  Services also available up to six-months after discharge from the Guard

Employee Assistance Program


  Covers Technicians & Active Guard Reserve (family members included).

  Confidential and private counseling service

  24 hours a day, 7 days a week access.

  Short term counseling (six sessions).

  No cost to service member or family. or telephone 1-800-222-0364


Post Deployment Health Reassessment (PDHRA)


  Purpose is to identify deployment related health concerns (behavioral & physical) and make appropriate referrals.

  Conducted 3-6 months after return from deployment.

  Contact PDHRA team to schedule at (717) 861-6480.


Walter Reed Medical Center Deployment Health Clinical Center for Specialized Care Program (SCP)


  For service members experiencing difficulties re-adjusting to life after service in OEF/OIF. Also for individuals who have had other treatments for PTSD (or depression), but continue to experience symptoms that interfere with their functioning.

  Members of the National Guard and Reserves must be on active orders at the time of evaluation and to participate in the program. Evaluations are on a referral-only basis. Participation in the 3-week Outpatient SCP is based on acceptance following the evaluation.

  See web site for guidelines on initiating the referral process and for program content

  For further information call (202) 782-6563 or e-mail Karen.Friedman@NA.AMEDD.ARMY.MIL  


Chaplain Services


  Trained in dealing with deployment and reintegration issues.

  Conduct Relationship Enhancement Program for married couples who have gone through deployment or are anticipating deployment. Call 1-800-634-1790, option 1, to register.

  Trained in suicide prevention skills and critical incident stress management.

  Full-time Support Chaplain (717) 861-9212, cell (717) 821-6050.


Battle Mind Training


  Assists soldiers & families with making the transition from the combat zone to the home zone.

  Addresses pre-deployment, deployment and reintegration issues.

  Site contains power points, brochures, and a Battlemind training video.


Suicide Prevention


  If having suicidal thoughts contact county Crisis Intervention or report to the nearest Emergency Room

  Or call 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week

  National Guard Suicide Prevention web site -




  Employer medical benefits, human service agencies, college counseling programs


For additional information or assistance contact
CPT James Joppy, MSW

(717) 903-7657 or (717) 861-2769, Fax (717) 861-2637