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Innovative Programs for Veterans & Families for transition in communities and on installations: FEDERAL Veterans Administration: Veterans Directed Home.

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1 Innovative Programs for Veterans & Families for transition in communities and on installations: FEDERAL Veterans Administration: Veterans Directed Home and Community Based Services (VDHCBS) contracts Family Caregiver Support Program contracts Community Grants for Homeless and At-Risk Vets and Families Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Veterans Transportation and Community Living Initiative One-Call/One-Click Centers community grants Installation Management Command (IMCOM) Wounded Warrior Program for Family Caregivers, in partnership with U.S. Department of Agriculture and University of Wisconsin Soldier and Family Assistance Centers Army Medical Department Center and School (AMEDDC&S) Master of Social Work program for experienced active duty officers

2 Innovative Programs for Veterans & Families for transition in communities and on installations: STATE & LOCAL Texas Veterans Commission: Community Veterans Assistance Grants from the Texas lottery Home for Texas Heroes San Antonio Area Foundation Nonprofit Management Certificate for Veterans’ Service Organizations San Antonio Coalition for Veterans Community organization and asset development Alamo Service Connection Aging and Disability Resource Center Veteran Navigator on staff Options Counseling Warm Transfers Support across the lifespan

3 Innovative Programs for Veterans & Families for transition in communities and on installations: STATE & LOCAL Auburn, WA Clovis, NM Pikes Peak Council of Governments State of Kentucky

4 Roadblocks to Innovation Relationships between installation commands and communities occur at senior executive level and do not tend to trickle down into significant community interface at the service level. Installations tend to be self-contained rather than collaborative with community service providers. Civilian service providers do not understand how to approach or communicate with installations. The loser is the veteran who has no transition to the civilian community while on active duty, and after discharge must begin making community connections on his own

5 Roadblocks to Innovation Planners and funders often perceive the problem at the strategic policy level and do not understand how to translate their goals to the local level where service providers help an individual veteran or family member. Every provider wants to be a one-stop shop—but no one really is, resulting in: Competition where there should be collaboration Duplication of some services and gaps in others Wasted resources Active duty, reservists and Guard and their families are treated as if they are the same—but their experiences and needs can be quite different. Both policy makers and service providers fail to make this distinction

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7 Indexing Services: Where do you begin? Service Organization Claims or Appeals Advocacy Direct Assistance Family Spt Programs PTSD Support Jobs Long-term Case Mgt Housing Allies In Service x xxx x American Legion xxx Disabled American Veterans of America xxxx Grace After Fire x Homes for our Troops x x x Hope for the Warriors x xxx Injured Marine Semper FI Fund xxxxx Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) x x Military Order of the Purple Heart xxx Military Warrior Support Foundation x x x x National Military Family Association x xx x Operation Comfort xx x Operation Homefront xxxx x San Antonio Coalition for Veterans x xx Soldier’s Angels xxx VFW xxxx Wounded Warrior Project xxx xx **NOT inclusive or a complete and accurate account of their activities

8 The role of local governments and community orgs working with military family & transition issues Help wanted: A leading community or military organization willing to –Call the community together with a sense of urgency –Create a highly collaborative network of military and civilian leaders willing to commit resources –Start the conversation about Asset-Based Community Development Engage service providers to –Map the assets –Identify the gaps –Establish MOUs for mutual exchange of information Identify a “no wrong door” or single point of entry into the community system of social services

9 San Antonio Dallas Houston El Paso Austin Lubbock Corpus Christi Brownsville Tyler San Angelo Laredo Waco Killeen ADRCs are designed to be one-stop entry points into all community services ADRCs have existing I&R infrastructure ADRCs are federally funded 14 Aging and Disability Resource Centers in Texas Plans are to add 6 more to cover the state and provide localized information and access for all social services Aging and Disability Resource Centers are the logical portal for connecting Veterans to the local services they need.

10 ADC ANNUAL CONFERENCE| PAGE 10 Mapping community resources ADRCs are a National Presence and a Federally Funded Priority of HHS, Which Is Already Partnering with the VA ADRC State Coverage as of September 2011


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