To provide trained, ready, and proficient PHP Professionals who are passionate about delivering world-class behavior health services to USAR Soldiers across the nation during all phases of action.
To achieve and sustain the most resilient and mentally fit Reserve force in the Nation. We will accomplish this by facilitating behavioral health services for Soldiers and family members who need them. Assist operational leadership through Command consultation, preserving unit cohesion through traumatic event management, and developing enduring partnerships with sister organizations.
In 2012 a Department of Defense Instruction was published and it stated the following:
“It is DoD policy that a psychological health and readiness leadership and advocacy structure, focused on operational readiness and integration of health promotion and clinical services, shall be established throughout the DoD, and Directors of Psychological Health (DPHs) shall be designated in key positions across the Military Services, including the RC.”
The Army Reserve established the Psychological Health Program and assigned operational leadership to the USARC Surgeon. The program offers referrals for soldiers and family members, Command consultation, and Traumatic Event Management.
The USAR Psychological Health Program assists individual Soldiers to achieve optimum behavioral health. We do this by connecting geographically dispersed Soldiers and Family members with the resources they need to address behavioral health concerns. The readiness of the force depends upon the strength and resilience of every soldier.
The USAR Psychological Health Program serves to assist leaders and units by providing Command consultation. We can help leaders make informed decisions and advocate for Soldiers who are experiencing a behavioral health issue without compromising unit or mission integrity.
The USAR Psychological Health Program supports units by providing Traumatic Event Management and other group events. When a unit experiences something that could negatively impact it on an organizational level, our team can work with Commanders and Chaplains to assist the unit in processing the experience, preserving unit cohesion, and maintaining individual and collective readiness.
Please follow the link to the Army Behavioral Health Service Line policy documents library (https://info.health.mil/army/bhsl/Policy/Library/Forms/DoDI.aspx) for references and resources.
COVID-19 continues to impact each of us in many ways. It is important during stressful times such as these to remember our core Army values, stay connected with our Army family, and utilize strategies and resources to help us through these difficult times. Make sure that you are safe, and following the guidelines recommended by CDC (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov) and your Army leadership to keep you healthy, along with maintaining the health of everyone in your community.
If you or someone you care about is struggling at this time due to the loss of a family member, loss of a job, or experiencing severe financial concerns, there is help. Please see the strategies below that can help.
We are the most resilient and ready Army Reserve in our nation’s history. Our current mission is to fight and defeat the virus. It is a team effort, and if you or one of your battle buddies needs help during this time, follow these steps, get help if needed, and continue the fight.
Army Reserve Family Programs
If you or one of your family members needs help with other resources such as child and youth services and financial resources, please contact a Family Programs Coordinator for assistance. Follow their website to find the contact information to your nearest Coordinator. | Army Reserve Family Programs »
COVID Coach App
The COVID Coach app from the Department of Veterans Affairs was created to support self-care and overall mental health during the coronavirus pandemic. Features include: education about coping during the pandemic; tools for self-care and to improve emotional well-being; trackers to check your mood and measure your growth toward personal goals; and graphs to visualize progress over time | COVID Coach »
Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health
We're all trying to manage the effects of COVID-19, and it's natural that this may cause a lot of stress. If you're wondering if you or someone you know are showing signs of stress, or want some strategies to cope with stress, please review this document from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration for an overview of options and strategies. (.pdf)
USAR DIRECTOR OF PSYCHOLOGICAL HEALTH PROGRAM
COL Melissa L. Mitravich, AN (Fort Bragg, N.C.)
Deputy Director, Psychological Health Program
CPT Phillip Lewis, LICSW (Fort Bragg)
Director, Psychological Health (DPH) Team Lead
Stacey Feig, LPC (Fort Belvoir)
63RD READINESS DIVISION
DPH Meg Haycraft, LCSW
DPH Holly DeClerck
NCM Jill Robinson, RN
NCM Amy Lindsey, RN
88TH READINESS DIVISION
DPH Deb Olson, LCSW
DPH Deb Koltis
NCM Martha Sebus, RN
NCM Bruce Kyllonen, RN
81ST READINESS DIVISION
DPH Donna Brunetti, LPC, LPCC, LMHC
DPH Rhoda Donnelly, LCSW
NCM Kwajaleyn Myers, RN
NCM Sharon Kay Harper, RN
99TH READINESS DIVISION
DPH Patricia Moloney, LCSW
NCM Cindy Delphey, RN
NCM Maria Zelko, RN
The Army Reserve PHP now provides Clinical Case Management. For Soldiers with more severe or complex behavioral health issues, a nurse case manager will be assigned to ensure access to appropriate high quality care that will restore that Soldier to optimum mental fitness and readiness as quickly as possible.
Behavioral Health is the balance between thoughts, moods, and behaviors. Disruption of this balance can result in problems like relationship conflict, worsening work or school performance, and difficulty meeting responsibilities. Maintaining behavioral health, or getting back on track once behavioral health has been disrupted, requires help and support. The Psychological Health Program can help you figure out what is going on and what you can do about it.