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Star Behavioral Health Providers (SBHP)

Star Behavioral Health Providers (SBHP) is a resource for Veterans, Service members, and their families to locate behavioral health professionals with specialized training for understanding and treating members of the military community. SBHP has a registry at www.starproviders.org that informs Service members, particularly National Guard and Reservists and their families, about providers available in their communities.Seven States – California, Georgia, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, New York, and South Carolina – currently offer SBHP programs.

The Defense Suicide Prevention Office (DSPO) is collaborating with the SBHP program on a pilot project in Indiana and California to offer military cultural training to community health care providers and other support personnel. The goal of the program is to improve military cultural competency through education and outreach so civilian providers can better support Service members in every county in the two states. Together with the Purdue University Military Family Research Institute, the UCLA Nathanson Family Resilience Center, and the Center for Deployment Psychology, DSPO is gathering insights into the challenges these individuals face when seeking care, especially in rural and remote locations, and how to better address these gaps in services in order to prevent suicide. Upon completion of a successful pilot program, SBHP and DSPO plan on expanding efforts into other participating states.