The Center for Deployment Psychology and Kennedy Krieger Institute are working collaboratively on a study focused on enhancing evidenced-based treatment outcomes for military children with developmental and behavioral health needs. This project explores telehealth and tele-education feasibility and best practices to increase access to specialty care and to identify programs and service delivery models to enhance the care and well-being of military-connected children. The study is informed by the results of needs assessment which guide the direction of the four main study components: Military Child ECHO, Telehealth Expansion, Digital Tools and On Demand Training.
Statement of the Problem
Military children, and especially those with significant needs (children with emotional, behavioral, and/or neurodevelopmental concerns. These children are often eligible for or enrolled in the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)), require access to unique care, at the service member’s permanent duty location and from providers familiar with their challenges and background. TRICARE authorized providers struggle to access the expertise required to treat these children. These barriers impact mission readiness and retention to military service for military families and the military community.
The Center for Deployment Psychology (CDP) and Kennedy Krieger Institute are working collaboratively on a study to enhance evidenced-based treatment outcomes for military children with developmental and behavioral health needs. The first study activity involves conducting a Needs Assessment with TRICARE authorized professionals serving military children, an important step with the results impacting the development of the other study components.
There are 4 key components to the study:
1) Military Child ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes)
The ECHO, a tele-education and telementoring model, will connect civilian experts in the area of childhood neurobehavioral disorders with TRICARE authorized providers and other professionals in Military Treatment Facilities (MTFs) and the civilian community.
2) Telehealth Expansion
The expansion of telehealth services for military families will include exploration of referral options and direct service needs reducing geographic disparities and increasing military family mobility by improving access to high quality, specialized care provided to military children with significant needs
3) Digital tools
The digital tools will focus on the development of an assessment tool for early identification of autism and training on parent-led modules for three of the most prevalent child behavioral concerns (i.e., tantrums, noncompliance, aggression).
4) On Demand Training
The development of a catalog of digital educational materials which will include technical assistance and training tools, such as asynchronous trainings on the topics of military culture, telehealth, and child behavioral health disorders
Each of these free courses comes with 1.5 CEs The currently available on-demand training courses are:
Military Kids and Families Know the Drill: Participants will learn about the unique strengths, experiences, and needs of military kids and families who serve our country too!
Actionable Intel - Essentials in Military Cultural Competence: This course focuses on building military cultural competence by giving participants a high-level overview of the United States military, its associated culture, and culturally relevant questions to enhance their work in supporting service members and their families.
Strengthening the Homefront - A Tactical Toolkit for Deployment: This course provides education about the emotional cycle of deployment and a “tactical toolkit” of practical, research- and clinically-informed deployment-related strategies that address targeted domains for intervention at each phase of the cycle.
For more information on the program, courses and other resources, head over to https://deploymentpsych.org/DoDKidsStudy. Any questions can be directed to Julie Williams at email@example.com.