DoD-PHS Partnership for Psychological Health – Naval Medical Center Portsmouth


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playing] Kevin Kennedy: My name is Captain Kevin Kennedy. I m the director of mental
health here at Navy Medical Center Portsmouth. We service service members and their beneficiaries
throughout the Hampton Roads area. We cover all the branch clinics, providing psychiatric,
psychological, and substance abuse services. We have a real variety of public health service
officers. We have everyone from a neuropsychologist to several social workers. We also have some
nurse corps officers who provide management of our outpatient clinics. We — the social
workers work in areas of child and family services, as well as our traumatic and operational
stress clinics. They also provide services out at the branch clinics. We have psychologists
on board who serve in our psychology clinic, as well as in our substance abuse rehab program.
Now what was key about the Public Health Service partnership is that we — it embedded people
that were in uniform so that they could provide both clinical services as well as assisting
us with providing management of the civilians and contractors that we were hiring. Marion
Collins: The memorandum of understanding is — essentially was developed to assist our
military treatment facilities with the mental health initiative due to the fact that we
have so many of our men and women, you know, going overseas and returning that need our
services. Due to the active duty mental health providers being consistently deployed, it
would be an excellent idea to place public health here, because we do provide consistent
services, and also due to the number of years of experience that we bring to the table,
it is — works out very well for the military treatment facilities. Jonathan Lewis: We provide
a great deal of leadership within the mental health directorate and, in addition to that,
we provide, you know, basic frontline clinical services. And so we provide the management
in a lot of areas and hold down the fort while many people are deployed. We provide continuity
of care, but we also provide that frontline service of seeing clinical cases. That stuff
we’ve been talking about, techniques that I’ve been kind of giving you, have those had
any benefit? Michael Franks: The opportunity to work within the DoD, to again work within
DoD, was maybe one of the driving forces behind coming into Public Health Service. I was active
duty Navy for a good, you know, six to seven years, including my Reserve time, and deployed
a lot. That was when I made the decision to go from active to Reserve, and the Public
Health Service gave me the opportunity to come back on full duty, and into a military
environment working within the DoD. So with the memorandum of understanding between DoD
and PHS, was probably the driving force to bring me in here. Ingrid Pauli: I’ve been
at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth for 27 months as a Public Health Service officer.
And in those 27 months I’ve spent 17 of those months as the interim department head covering
for Navy psychologists who are deployed to Afghanistan. And I think that there are a
lot of aspects to our traumatic brain injury program that are unique. One of the very unique
aspects of our traumatic brain injury program is that we have a mobile assessment unit,
and so that’s like a great big Winnebago, for lack of a better term, that we’re able
to take on the road to other commands that may not have the resources to be able to afford
their own neuropsychologist, their own techs to do testing or assessment to look for traumatic
brain injury. So I think that’s a very unique — we have the only mobile assessment unit
in all of DoD here at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. Thomas Costello: — our take it
back psycho-educational group. Today we’re going to discuss the Stress Continuum Model.
In program development and direct practice we’ve been able to reach out to the community
clinics. We have nine branch clinics all over the Hampton Roads area, and several of our
public health service staff have worked in the clinics, are currently working in the
clinics, and we’ve developed specific programs that did not exist before we came here and
I believe we were instrumental in developing our PTSD and TBI services. With the Back on
Track program, I teach a group on relationships and how psychological trauma can affect relationships.
And so far it’s been well received, and the service members feel like they can leave that
module, leave that group with a better sense of restoring balance to their families after
being deployed for so long or for being deployed for multiple times. Michael Franks: One of
the major things that I’ve worked with here since I’ve been on active duty here with Portsmouth
Naval Hospital is the training program. We started an internship and a post-doctoral
fellowship, so we — I have been working with them from the beginning from the creation
of the programs up to the accreditation — or bringing on the first interns in post-docs
and all through the accreditation process. We earned accreditation here in the first
year of the inception of both programs, one right after the other. James Decker: I’m currently
an intern at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, and I’m in the first year, just finishing
up, of a four-year residency in psychiatry. I’d say one of the best things about this
program is they’re very dedicated here to keeping you and your skills up to being a
full physician, because a lot of their interns here can go and be a general medical officer
and they’re the docs, say for a ship or for a small group out in the middle of nowhere
when it comes. So, you know, I worked in an ICU. I worked on the medicine floor. I worked
down in the ER and not as a psychiatrist, but as a doctor, so that they — as a medical
doctor, so they really wanted to test your mettle and train you up in interacting and
working in those fields so that eventually if you ended up having to do that, that’s
what you could do. Kevin Kennedy: The influence of Public Health Service officers has allowed
us to have faculty to augment those programs, as well as providing supervision for our trainees.
The end result of that is that Portsmouth has been able to become the premier site for
clinical psychology training in the Navy. Thomas Costello: Well, I think it’s critical
to have a PHS presence with the DoD. Certainly the demand for services is there and the success
is there. It’s a wonderful partnership and I hope that it’s a partnership that lasts
for quite a long time. Kevin Kennedy: The advantage of having people in uniform from
the Public Health Service is that we have leaders that are there kind of at the ready
to help service people both in terms of staff and in terms of making sure that the patients
have the direct access that they need. So with that management, we have been able to
increase our capacity, as well as increase our access to care so that we can get patients
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1 thought on “DoD-PHS Partnership for Psychological Health – Naval Medical Center Portsmouth

  1. "Fuck them to death" is what this command believes. I eat a pound I shit you not over 1 year a pound of fucking strychnine while all they did was rip on me and when I was not sure weather I was shitting blood from the prison or my other medical issues they ripped on me. This command is like corpsmen work and do everything officers get people killed and act like 100k of tax payer money is a fucking welfare check. More people are killed her than Iraq I shit u not. The Docs here should not be getting paid they should be paying into the fucking system for the free government tools they don't fucking use.

    The only good place here is the galley. The only redeeming part of this command was smoking a Newport and they have taken it away from me. I have cancer and don't give a shit about people smoking what I would LIKE is fucking doctor's that would not have made fun of me for bleeding out my ass and caught the fucking cancer. The Va has provided excellent above board service thus far but because of these fuck sticks I will never trust any American government service. Maybe you should not treat your fucking combat vets like shit and your peer queers like heroes. Half my friends put a gun in there mouth because of this place save SOME for the enemy.

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