Mental Health

Air Force Mental Health clinics enhance the health and readiness of the community by providing mental health assessment, education, consultation, and treatment services to the beneficiary population through a variety of evidence-based therapeutic modalities. Services commonly provided across Mental Health clinics include individual therapy, group therapy, psychoeducational classes, psychological testing, and special duty assessments and screenings as requested [PRP/Presidential Support Program (PSP), Military Training Instructor (MTI)/Military Training Leader (MTL), security clearances, etc.].

Automated Neuropsychological Assessment Metrics

The Defense Department (IAW DoDI 6490.03) mandates a pre-deployment assessment, the Automated Neuropsychological Assessment Metrics (ANAM), be administered to all service members within 12 months of deployment. The assessment is designed to establish a neurocognitive baseline to measure potential cognitive changes in individuals who are exposed to a concussive event. In the event a service member experiences a traumatic brain injury (TBI), the baseline assessment is compared for changes in cognitive functioning and to help determine the return to duty status. The ANAM is administered by Air Force Mental Health Technicians at the Mental Health Clinic.

Air Force Family Advocacy Program

The mission of the Air Force Family Advocacy Program (AF FAP) is to build healthy communities through implementing programs designed for the prevention and treatment of domestic abuse and child abuse and neglect. AF FAP provides program and policy development; training and resourcing; data collection and reporting activities; research and evaluation; and consultation services.

Behavioral Health Optimization Program

Statistics show that nearly half of all people with a treatable behavioral health disorder do not seek care from a behavioral health professional. However, 80 percent will visit their primary care manager (PCM) at least once a year. Therefore, we are changing our primary care teams to better address the needs of our service members, their adult family members and military retirees. If you have served or are serving our country, we want to keep you and your family well while also providing superior care when you get sick.

Behavioral Health Optimization Program (BHOP) is a Primary Care Behavioral Health (PCBH) program in which trained behavioral health personnel are integrated into primary care clinics with the goal of providing “the right care, at the right time, in the right place.” BHOP services are available to all active duty service members, retirees, and their family members. It also provides a mechanism for improving recognition and early intervention for behavioral health problems which, if left untreated, diminish quality of life and overall health status.

Internal Behavioral Health Consultants (IBHCs) are psychologists and social workers who have received specialized training to serve as consultants to the primary care medical providers. They provide focused assessments and recommendations to assist primary care providers with decision-making regarding behavioral health concerns. IBHCs also assist in implementing the treatment plan through monitoring, education, and brief interventions.

Behavioral Health Care Facilitators (BHCFs) are nurses who have received specialized training to work directly with patients who have been prescribed psychotropic medications for depression, anxiety, and/or PTSD by their primary care provider in a primary care clinic. Their evidence-based role involves collaborating with primary care medical providers by monitoring adherence and response to the treatment plan, while addressing barriers to treatment for patients seen in primary care.