Veteran-Centered Crisis Stabilization and Scene Management Strategies

Veteran-Centered Crisis Stabilization and Scene Management Strategies
Duration: 60 Minutes
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Recorded on: 2022-08-02
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Around two out five of veterans are suffering from some form of mental health issue. Unfortunately, a culture deeply ingrained within veterans may prevent them from seeking assistance with the challenges they’re facing. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) identified the gap between the services and the people who are supposed to be leveraging these and initiated programs to bridge the disconnect and ensure veterans get the help they need.

Discussing the different initiatives that the LASD put into place are:

  • Richard Bojorquez, a Sergeant from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and supervisor for the Veteran Mental Evaluation Team (VMET)
  • Pietro “Piero” D’Ingillo, a licensed clinical, law enforcement, and forensic psychologist who worked with the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health
  • Dave Weiner, who implemented the Veteran Mental Evaluation Program, and served as the Regional Chief of Police of the US Department of Veteran Affairs Police

Specifics of the webinar include

  • LASD’s initiatives to cater to their veterans’ population due to the prevalence of mental health issues in this population and the lack of a cohesive program to help them address their common concerns.
  • How the Los Angeles Mayors Challenge served as the impetus to the partnership between LASD, the city of Los Angeles, the VA, and SAMHSA to work together to address mental health concerns and prevent suicides in the veteran population.
  • A rundown of the different programs that were instituted as a response to the suicide rates and mental health issues in the veteran population.
    • The Veteran Mental Evaluation team (VMET), a co-responder program anchored in engagement to assist veterans in accessing the services and care they need.
    • The Intake Booking Diversion (BD) Program which assesses veterans for eligibility so they are diverted from jails and instead moved into a system of care.
    • The Veterans Risk Assessment and Management Program (VRAMP) that caters to high-risk individuals and high-utilizers and provides proactive support and engagement and prevents potential crisis in the future.
    • The Veteran Peer Access Network (VPAN) where veteran peers work side-by-side with other veterans who can assist with accessing VA services and help navigate different life challenges.
    • The Veteran Suicide Review Team in partnership with the LA County Coroner’s Office that aims to understand the life veterans live and the trigger points that drive veterans to commit suicide and create solutions based on these insights.
    • The Veteran’s Court which provides an 18-month program in conjunction with the BD to reduce the number of veterans going to jail.
    • The Suicide Prevention Engagement and Resilience (SPEAR) Outreach that engages with veterans on a deeper level to prevent suicide and gets them through the high-risk 90-day mark following a suicide attempt.
  • The different trainings developed for those who encounter veterans in the field to better assist and interact with veterans and create more successful outcomes.
    • The ROAR Response model as the roadmap to field response and crisis stabilization which allows responders to better interact with the veterans and have greater control over the outcomes in a call for service.
    • The Veteran Culture for First Responders class provided to LASD patrol staff to identify veterans and spot symptoms of mental issues to prevent escalation and stabilize crises in the community.
    • The Veteran Mental Health Identification for First Responders which provides a deeper dive into the common mental health concerns, protective and risk factors for veterans, and scenario-based training.
    • The Risk Management And Mitigation for Veteran Peer Support Specialists focusing on managing and mitigating risks, engaging and building rapport with, and providing resources to veterans.
  • Examples were provided to demonstrate how these programs are able to create successful outcomes for veterans who lost the will to fight and given up on life.

Questions from the webinar attendees are on:

  • Volunteering for the programs’ activities.
  • Participation of the US Department of Veterans Affairs in these local initiatives.
  • Grants to help set up similar programs and initiatives.
  • Identifying veterans when responding to calls and verifying their identities.
  • What veterans need and must be provided with.


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Audience Comments

  • “The most valuable thing that I learned is the fact that there is help out there for veterans beside the VA programs. A resource for me to use when I have a client that is needing these services.” — Mariam
  • I am part of our Veterans Court in Aurora Colorado and it was good hearing about other programs in the Country that are helping Veterans. One thing I wrote down was the quote “someone to love, somewhere to live, and something to do.” That was outstanding and I will use that in my daily interactions not only with Veterans but with all my other clients. Great seminar. — Traci
  • “Great ending with the story of Clark; it brought the presentation together at the end and all the great work you are doing at LASD…” — Jack
  • “I didn’t realize the VA received its funding through enrollment. I will encourage the veterans I encounter to make sure they are enrolled.” — Jennifer
  • “Great presentation. Love how people work together as a team.” — Nicole
  • “The idea that so many diff folks would work together for the interest of the client. Also liked the acknowledgment that stabilizing the crisis is important and essential but so is the follow-up support and care afterward.” — Angie
  • “As a veterans treatment court coordinator, this was valuable to dealing with justice-involved veterans.” — Adam






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