Ask, Link, Collaborate Technical Assistance Program
The New Hampshire Governor's Commission on Alcohol & Other Drugs authorized the use of state funds to implement a technical assistance program aimed at supporting practices and organizations to Ask the Question and operationalize its intent in policies and practices.
In 2021, a pilot program will be available for 40 service delivery organizations that identify, assess, refer and/or treat Service members and/or Veterans for substance use risk (primary focus being SUD providers). The program will spread awareness of the importance of identifying Service members, Veterans and their families and how to effectively link them to appropriate treatment, services and resources in order to promote harm reduction and prevent substance use. Consults, coaching, training, tools & resources will help participating organizations operationalize the identification of, and service provision for, Service members and Veterans in policies, practices and procedures. Technical assistance through the program will be available for 12 months and include four phases--enrollment/orientation, training, implementation, and evaluation. Enrollment forms are currently being accepted. Enrollment will be open on a rolling basis until all spots are filled.
- Free consultations & coaching to assist your organization's team to develop a plan for identifying and serving Service members and Veterans;
- Free training for staff;
- Tools to help enhance services provided to Service members & Veterans;
- Up to $1,500 to assist with training or implementation costs;
- Resources to supplement the services you provide to those in the military/Veteran community;
- Ongoing professional development & networking opportunities;
- NH Veteran-Friendly Provider recognition by the Department of Military Affairs & Veterans Services upon completion of the program.
Background & Intent
This program includes components from past, successful programs in NH--the Community Mental Health Center Military Liaison program & NH’s Ask the Question Campaign. In October 2020, the Joint Military Task Force sought approval for this pilot program recommendation which aims to make explicit, structural systems change in the areas of practices and resource flows; semi-explicit systems change in the area of relationships & connections; and implicit, transformative systems change in the area of mental models (stigma). By affecting change in these areas, improvements in behavioral health outcomes for SMVF leading to a downward trend of substance misuse in this vulnerable population over time is expected.
Service delivery organizations, practices, agencies or businesses located in New Hampshire that identify, assess, refer, and/or treat Service members and/or Veterans for substance use risk will be eligible to participate.
Timeline & Phases
Phase 1: Enrollment & Orientation
Enrollment forms will be accepted and reviewed. Enrollment and orientation of up to 40 eligible participant organizations will follow. Orientation will consist of at least one consult with the Division of Community Based Military Programs to establish an internal team for the organization and conduct a Focus Group to collect baseline data. Organization staff will be asked to complete a short, online survey. Each enrolled organization will have access to funds up to $1,500 during the program that can be used to support staff participation or implementation of program recommendations.
Phase 2: Military Cultural Competency & ATQ Training
Virtual training for identified staff at all enrolled provider organizations will be held on multiple dates to accommodate varying schedules and enrollment timelines. Following the program training, enrolled organizations will participate in at least one consultation with the Division of Community Based Military Programs to facilitate the development of a customized plan for the organization team to implement.
Phase 3: Implementation
Consultations and other forms of technical assistance will be provided as needed for successful implementation of the organization's plan. The organization's Liaison will submit quarterly reports on progress.
Phase 4: Evaluation & Recognition
Organization staff will participate in a final Focus Group to help evaluate outcomes of the program. Organization staff will be asked to complete a short, online post-program survey. Based on the data collected and provided by each organization throughout the program, a comprehensive evaluation and data analysis will be provided to each participating organization so it can be used for future development or fund requests. Participating organizations that successfully complete program requirements will be recognized as NH Veteran-Friendly Providers and have access to the benefits available to NH Veteran-Friendly Businesses. To sustain changes, staff at participating organizations will also have the option to engage with a military/Veteran service provider Community of Practice post-program.
Enrollment forms must have complete information to be accepted including the form itself and answers to the questions listed at the end of the form. Submit the completed enrollment form to the Division of Community Based Military Programs via email: Amy.M.Cook@dmavs.nh.gov .
Enrollment forms will be accepted on a rolling basis until all spots are filled.
For more information
Contact Amy Cook, Amy.M.Cook@dmavs.nh.gov for more information.