Veterans Health Alliance of Long Island - Long Island: A Veteran Friendly Community

Veterans Health Alliance of Long Island, Long Island State Veterans Home & Adelphi University Present..

The 8th Annual Veterans Mental Health Conference- Tues March 15, 2016

Amidst the Shift, An Aging Veterans Conference


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Did you know… There are 892,000 veterans currently residing in New York State

Making us #5 overall in the country.

There are 125,000 Veterans on LI -  73,000 in Suffolk County and 52,000 in Nassau County

50% of our NYS veterans are 65yrs of age and older &
76%are 50yrs of age and older!

57,000 served in WWII   /   89,000 served in the Korean War /   278,000 served in Vietnam

Long Island is home to a high percentage of aging veterans. 

The number of WWII and Korean War Veterans is decreasing rapidly, and Vietnam Veterans are now the nation’s majority.

We are amidst a shift.


Our aging veterans are dealing with a wide range of health challenges, financial distress, and obstacles related to benefits.  In addition, those that provide care to veterans, whether an older spouse, or an adult child, face their own variety of challenges.


This conference will feature keynote speeches by local experts, workshops, forums and resource tables on the following topics:

Accessing NYS Veterans Homes,   Assisted Living, VA Services for Older Veterans, Aid and Attendance Benefits, “Aging in Place” using community resources, Caregivers Needs, Legal Issues, “When a Veteran Passes Away”, Wellness and more..

*This year Patrick Yngstrom, Veterans Liaison for the Arbors Assisted Living and Fred S. Sganga, Executive Director Long Island State Veterans Home will receive awards for their Outstanding Service to Veterans.


Tentative Schedule

8:00-8:30 – Breakfast, Registration & Sign In

8:30-9:30 –Opening

9:30-10:30- Keynote Speaker, Richard M. Allman, MD – Chief Consultant, Geriatrics & Extended Care Service – VA

10:45-11:45 – Workshops Round 1

12-1pm – Workshops Round 2

1-2pm Lunch & Awards

2-3pm Closing Panel - Answers to the 5 most common issues confronting older veterans and their caregivers


KEYNOTE SPEAKER - Richard M. Allman, MD , Chief Consultant, Geriatrics & Extended Care Service

 Richard M. Allman, MD is the Chief Consultant for Geriatrics and Extended Care Services for the Veterans Health Administration in Washington, DC.  He serves as an ex officio member of the National Institute on Aging Advisory Council. Before becoming Chief Consultant in January 2014, he was the founding director of the Birmingham/Atlanta VA Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center (GRECC). He also was the Parrish Endowed Professor of Medicine and director of the Division of Gerontology, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care and the Comprehensive Center for Healthy Aging at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). He served as the principal investigator for the NIA-funded UAB Study of Aging, the Deep South Resource Center for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR), and the UAB component of the Hartford Foundation-funded Southeast Center of Excellence in Geriatric Medicine (SCEGM). His research has focused on mobility, cardiovascular disease, and health disparities among older adults. Dr. Allman received his MD as an Alpha Omega Alpha honor graduate from West Virginia University (WVU) School of Medicine, where he also completed a residency in internal medicine.  After completing a fellowship in internal medicine and training in clinical epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Allman joined the faculty at UAB in 1986.  Dr. Allman is a board-certified geriatrician, and he was listed annually in Best Doctors in America between 1991 and 2014. He received the 2013 Donald P. Kent Award for leadership and service from the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) and the 2013 Joseph T. Freeman Award from the Health Science Section of GSA in recognition of his research.


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The Veterans Health Alliance of LI & The Long Island Community Foundation Present…

Mental Health First Aid

An Eight Hour Training on Responding to Mental Health Crises

At The Mental Health Association of Nassau County

16 Main Street Hempstead, NY 11550

Friday March 11, 2016

9 am- 6 pm

Approved for 8 OASAS credits

Attendees that fulfill the eight hour course will be certified “Mental Health First Aiders”

and given a certificate of completion.

Mental Health First Aid: Military Members, Veterans, and their Families

While military service often fosters resilience in individuals and families, some service members may experience mental health or substance use challenges. Thirty percent of active duty and reserve military personnel deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan have a mental health condition requiring treatment – approximately 730,000 men and women, with many experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder and major depression. Sadly, less than 50 percent of returning veterans in need receive any mental health treatment. The Veterans Administration reports that approximately 22 veterans die by suicide every day.

Mental Health First Aid is a valuable resource that can make a difference in the lives of the more than 22 million veterans, their families, and the communities they live in.

WHAT IS MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID? Mental Health First Aid USA is a live training program — like regular First Aid or CPR — designed to give people the skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The course uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to recognize and respond to the warning signs of specific illnesses. Mental Health First Aid teaches participants a five-step action plan, ALGEE, to support someone developing signs and symptoms of a mental illness or in an emotional crisis:  Assess for risk of suicide or harm, Listen nonjudgmentally, Give reassurance and information, Encourage appropriate professional help,  Encourage self-help and other support strategies.   Since 2008, hundreds of thousands of people have been trained in Mental Health First Aid through a network of more than 6,000 certified instructors.

Those trained include family members of persons with mental health challenges, healthcare professionals, first responders, law enforcement officials, public service employees, school and college staff, clergy and caring citizens, students, beginners in the field of mental health

WHY MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID? Mental Health First Aid helps people know that mental illnesses are real, common, and treatable and that it’s OK to seek help. Research has demonstrated the effectiveness of this program to improve knowledge of mental disorders and substance use, remove fear and misunderstanding, and enable those trained to offer concrete assistance. The program is listed in SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidenced Based Programs and Practices. Mental Health First Aid is a low-cost, high-impact program that generates tremendous community awareness and support.

Family members and personnel working with military and families are often not aware of how to engage veterans with mental illnesses and addictions. In addition to the impact of military service on the veteran, each has a circle of family (significant other, children, parents, siblings, etc.) and friends who are also impacted by their military service.

Individuals trained in Mental Health First Aid can help to:

- Break down the stigma associated with mental illness like anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder

(PTSD), schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and substance use disorders

- Reach out to those who suffer in silence, reluctant to seek help

- Let veterans know that support is available in their community

-Provide community resource information

- Make mental healthcare and treatment accessible to thousands in need

Key components of Mental Health First Aid for Veterans include:

- A discussion of military culture and its relevance to the topic of mental health

- A discussion of the specific risk factors faced by many service members and their families such

as trauma, both mental and physical, stress, separation, etc.

- Applying the ALGEE action plan in a number of scenarios designed specifically for service

members, their families and those that support them

- A review of common mental health resources for service members, their families and those who

support tem 


Please contact Rhea Spina at 516-489-2322 X-1260 or for registration information.




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