Using Motivational Enhancement Among OIF / OEF Veterans Returning to the Community
Annual rept. 26 Sep 2013 - 25 Sep 2014
DETROIT WAYNE MENTAL HEALTH AUTHORITY MI
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The main objective of the study is to test a motivational enhancement ME intervention to address barriers to engaging in mental health treatment for recently returned veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. The long term goal of the study is to increase veteran s participation in mental health treatment by using a Stages of Change model to reduce perceived stigma and barriers to treatment. The central hypothesis put forth is that veterans who receive motivational enhancement will demonstrate greater readiness to change and higher treatment program attendance than veterans who receive treatment as usual. During this year the pilot study for the project was completed. The purpose of the pilot study group was to inform us of any changes andor enhance user ability of the project manuals. However, due to the lapse in coverage the data collected from the pilot group members could not be used. The veterans in the pilot study were notified of the lapse and were re-consented. During the year the team has continued to brainstorm resources and methods to recruit OIFOEF veterans for the study. It is a logistical matter that continues to be challenging. More efforts are being made to reach agencies that may encounter OIFOEF veterans that qualify for the study. Hiring of the veterans to help with recruitment was somewhat helpful in that we received additional inquires about the project, however, only a small number met the criteria for eligibility.
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