Tuesday, March 14
8:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m.


Ruth S. Harley University Center
Tagged: Adelphi University, Military and Veterans Services, University College

Veterans Mental Health Conference


The Veterans Health Alliance of Long Island (VHALI) celebrates its 10 year anniversary in 2017. At its formation in 2007, VHALI focused much attention on the needs of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families including issues of PTSD, TBI, suicide prevention, unemployment, higher education, multiple deployments and family transitions. There was much governmental and public support for veterans’ related programs.

In 2017 we find ourselves in a much different situation. As the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have “officially” wound down, the pace of deployments is much less. The service members who deployed earlier in the Iraq / Afghanistan wars have been home for 10 years or more, and are no longer “transitioning” veterans. The attention of government and the general public to veterans’ related issues has lessened somewhat.

As the Veterans Health Alliance looks forward to the next 10 years, it realizes that the scope of veterans’ services is changing rapidly. The veterans’ population (and the general US population) is “aging” as the post-World War II “baby boom” generation has started to reach their mid-late 60’s. As World War II and Korean War veterans pass on, the Vietnam Veteran is now the largest veterans’ population in NYS.

Health and behavioral healthcare services are also changing with a greater focus on the integration of health and behavioral health services. There is also a growing need as well for the VA and community providers to collaborate in the provision of care.

This conference hopes to set a course for veterans’ services on Long Island for the next 10 years. Each of the workshops will examine a facet of the future veterans’ service system.   

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

  • Veterans and Hospitals
  • Crisis Services
  • Future of Veterans Organizations
  • Student Veterans and the GI Bill
  • Substance Use
  • Guard / Reserve Units
  • Families of Iraq/Afghanistan Veterans
  • Women Veterans
  • and more..

Keynote Speaker

Terri Tanielian

Terri Tanielian is a senior behavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation. Her areas of interest include military and veterans health policy; military suicide; military sexual assault; psychological effects of combat, terrorism, and disasters; and public health emergency preparedness. She has led multiple studies to assess the needs of veterans and their families, including a recent study of veterans in the Detroit metropolitan area and a large prospective longitudinal study of military families across the deployment cycle. She is also conducting several studies that examine community based models for expanding mental health care for returning veterans and their families. As the former director of the RAND Center for Military Health Policy Research, she spent a decade overseeing RAND’s diverse military health research portfolio. She was the co–study director for a large, non-governmental assessment of the psychological, emotional, and cognitive consequences of deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan entitled Invisible Wounds of War: Psychological and Cognitive Injuries, Their Consequences, and Services to Assist Recovery. She was also the co-director for RAND’s study Hidden Heroes: America’s Military Caregivers, the first representative study of military caregiving in the United States. Tanielian has published numerous peer-reviewed articles. She was a member of the planning committee for the 18th, 22nd, and 26th Annual Rosalynn Carter Symposium on Mental Health Policy, which focused on mental health needs and recovery following September 11, Hurricane Katrina, and deployment of Reserve and Guard members to Iraq and Afghanistan, respectively. She also serves on the Institute of Medicine’s Standing Committee on Health Threats and Resilience for the Department of Homeland Security.

Tentative Schedule

8:00 a.m.-8:30 a.m. Breakfast, Registration and Sign-In
8:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m. Opening Remarks
9:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Needs Assessment Review
9:30 a.m.- 10:30 a.m. Keynote Speaker
Terri Tanielian 
10:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Workshops: Session I
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Workshops: Session II
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Lunch & Awards
2:300 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Closing Panel

This schedule is subject to change.


For more information, please contact:

Christina Wease
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