By the Numbers: 3 May 2021

By the Numbers: 3 May 2021

4.7 Million

The number of veterans that have returned to and reside in rural areas. The rates of PTSD for veterans from the OIF/OEF, Gulf War and Vietnam era range from 11-20% and just over 50% of rural veterans are connected with the VA Health Care System, making community mental health resources a critical need for rural veterans.

Racial and ethnic minorities accounted for 83% of the population growth in rural areas from 2000 to 2010, emphasizing the importance of diversity training. Rural areas generally have a high rate of addiction and lack access to basic substance use treatment.

The CDP’s Star Behavioral Health Providers (SBHP) program has trained community providers in both military culture and military specific problems. Since 2011, SBHP has trained nearly 3000 community providers in evidence based psychotherapy to treat PTSD, depression, insomnia, substance use disorders, and suicidality.