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Veterans and Mental Health

Principles That Guide VA Mental Health Care for Veterans

1. The VA is committed to recovery orientated mental health care that empowers the veteran to live a full and meaning life and that focuses on giving ____________________ to these individuals and their families.

A. Choice, dignity, and meaning

B. Empathy, encouragement and courage

C. Grace, esteem and belief

D. Respect, honor and hope


2. Veterans who receive specialty mental health care have a Mental Health Treatment Coordinator (MHTC) who makes an initial treatment plan and then refers the veteran to an appropriate mental health point of contact.

A. True

B. False


Make the Connection

3. Experts recommend that behavioral health providers who work with veterans receive training about military culture, gender, and ethnic issues in order to better understand each Veteran.

A. True

B. False


4. Mental health providers should receive training on a wide variety of proven interventions, and in particular, _______________ treatment.

A. Solution-based

B. Strengths-based

C. Evidence-based

D. Multisystem-based


5. One strategy used to assist veterans is the development of a personal safety plan that helps the Veteran recognize signs that often precede his/her suicidal ideas and lists strategies that help the Veteran manage those thoughts and feelings.

A. True

B. False


6. According to the authors, which of the following are NOT physical signs and symptoms of mental health problems?

A. Changes in appetite, weight, or sex life

B. Nausea and other gastrointestinal problems

C. Headaches or physical pain

D. Muscle tension and weakness


Types of Treatment Settings

7. Each of the following is an accurate statement about types of treatment settings for Veterans EXCEPT:

A. Outpatient care in a psychosocial rehabilitation and recovery center (PRRC) is recommended forVeterans with moderate mental illness and minor problems in functioning

B. Regular outpatient care, which may include telemedicine services, is useful for Veterans during a difficult time in their life

C. Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Programs (RRTP) are used for Veterans with a wide range of mental health problems who would benefit from treatment in a structured environment for a period of time

D. Many common mental and behavioral problems are addressed within primary care by mental health experts working as part of the Patient Aligned Care Team


Treatment for Specific Mental Illnesses

8. Interpersonal therapy is a type of talk therapy that helps people who are struggling with emotional pain and worries, and helps them recognize and commit to what is important to them.

A. True

B. False


Treatments for Substance Use Disorders

9. In general, medications are not recommended for veterans suffering with substance use disorders, as they are particularly vulnerable to abuse these substances.  

A. True

B. False


10. Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE) is used to treat PTSD by helping people reduce fear and anxiety as they confront trauma reminders in a safe environment.

A. True

B. False


Special Programs for Veteran Populations with Specific Needs

11. One service that is offered by VA health care providers is Military Sexual Trauma (MST) Services with inpatient and outpatient care for depression, PTSD, and other disorders related to sexual trauma.

A. True

B. False


Veterans Mental Health Councils

12. Veterans mental health councils are groups that provide a way for people who “consume” VA services to offer input to the structure and operations of mental health services.

A. True

B. False


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