Wednesday, May 17, 2017
8:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m.


Ruth S. Harley University Center

Veterans Mental Health Conference

New date due to the weather conditions on March 14, 2017.

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…

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
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.


Registration is now closed.

For more information, please contact:

Christina Wease
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