Health Benefits

Traumatic Brain Injury

WHAT IS TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY?

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a disruption of brain function, resulting from a blow or jolt to the head, or penetrating head injury. The severity of the TBI is deteremined at the time of the injury and may be classified as: mild, moderate or severe. The Army Reserve has a comprehensive system of worldwide TBI care.

TBI FACTS

  • TBIs can occur on the battlefield, the football field, the playground, in a car accident, and even at home.
  • A mild TBI/concussion is treatable; early detection is extremely important.
  • Common causes of an mTBI/concussion on the battlefield include blasts, vehicle collisions, or blows to the head.

DID YOU KNOW?

A mild TBI, which is also known as a concussion, is the most common form of TBI in the Army. Symptoms of concussions often resolve within days or weeks.

Army Reserve Sgt. 1st Class Jason Manella, recovered from a Traumatic Brain Injury and went on to become the 2013 Army Noncommissioned Officer of the Year.

Learn more about his accomplishment here.

LEARN MORE

Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center
Defense Centers of Excellence
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
Veterans Affairs
AMEDD Center and School

TRAIN

Mandatory TBI Training Materials (CAC login required)
Veterans Affairs: Continuing Education for Researchers, Providers, & Helpers

TREAT

Defense.Gov: Special Report
Locate the Army treatment facilities
Locate the Veterans Affairs Hospitals and Clinics
Military Crisis Line 1-800-273-8255 Press 1
My HealtheVet
Deployment Health Assessment Program

Behavioral Health

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SUPPORT

When our Soldiers return home, most (along with their family members) will experience a readjustment period and a successful home transition. Some will need short or long-term counseling to assist in their transition. Learn how to adjust, cope, get ready to deploy, transition to return home, and access other information and helping resources. Fort Family/Army Reserve Family Programs

Army Reserve Family Programs

Army Reserve Family Programs is a comprehensive blend of quality of life programs in support of Department of Defense activities.

Family programs staff serve as the primary coordinating resource, who provide a multitude of unit and community-based services that foster the growth, development, and readiness of Soldiers and Families assigned to the Command.

Learn More >> TRICARE: Mental Health Care

Mental health problems are painful—emotionally, spiritually and socially—for all who are involved. Mental health problems can affect your thoughts, mood and behavior.

• If you or a family member needs help, call a crisis hotline now!
• If you're not sure, call the Nurse Advice Line.

Learn More >> Army Behavioral Health Website

Efforts in education, prevention, and early treatment are unprecedented. Our goal is to ensure that every deployed and returning Soldier receives the health care they need.

Learn More >> Defense Centers of Excellence

DCoE oversees three centers, each of which contributes unique insights, standards, clinical tools and research products to the fields of psychological health and traumatic brain injury.

Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center »
The Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) is the traumatic brain injury (TBI) operational component of DCoE.

Deployment Health Clinical Center »
A gateway to information on deployment health and healthcare for healthcare providers, service members, veterans, and their families.

National Center for Telehealth and Technology »
Our mission at the National Center for Telehealth & Technology is to lead the innovation of mobile health and telehealth solutions to deliver psychological health and traumatic brain injury care and support to our nation’s warriors, veterans and their families.

TRICARE Reserve Select (Medical)

TRICARE Reserve Select

TRICARE Reserve Select is:

  • A premium-based plan
  • Available worldwide
  • For qualified Selected Reserve members and their families

If purchased, TRICARE Reserve Select meets or exceeds the requirements for minimum essential coverage.

The Affordable Care Act requires you to maintain basic health care coverage—called minimum essential coverage.

If you don't have minimum essential coverage, you may have to pay a fee for each month you aren’t covered under the Affordable Care Act.

TRICARE Reserve Select is a great option for you and your family if you are:

  • a member of the Selected Reserves
  • not on active duty orders or covered by the Transitional Assistance Management Program, and
  • not eligible for or enrolled in the FEHB.

The plan provides comprehensive health care coverage when you're not activated and covered by active duty TRICARE benefits and because you can see any provider, you don't have to change providers if you already have one.

TRICARE Reserve Select Monthly Premiums

TRICARE Reserve Select premium rates are established annually on a calendar year basis.

2015 Premiums(Through December 31, 2015)

  • Member Only: $50.75 per month
  • Member + Family: $205.62 per month

2016 Premiums(Starting January 1, 2016)

  • Member Only: $47.90 per month
  • Member + Family: $210.83 per month

When Coverage Begins

You may purchase coverage to begin in any month of the year.

  • Your Reserve Component Health Coverage Request Form must be postmarked or received no later than the last day of the month before coverage is to begin.
  • Coverage begins on the first day of the first or second month after you submit the form, whichever you select on the form.

Application deadlines and effective dates of coverage will vary if you have changes in family composition such as marriage, birth/adoption or a sponsor's death.

Your Contacts

North-Health Net

1-877-TRICARE
(1-877-874-2273)

North Region Website

South-Humana Military

1-800-444-5445

South Region Website

West-UnitedHealthcare

1-877-988-WEST
(1-877-988-9378)

West Region Website

Overseas-International SOS
Country-specific toll-free numbers

Overseas Website

Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury Assistance

Have you heard of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury? They serve Warriors and their Families who need help with those issues and promote resilience, recovery and reintegration.

The Defense Centers for Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury, or DCoE, can also help link you to valuable information and resources when you need them most. That way you don't have to dig through all the data out there! Finding good help is hard to do, especially when it comes to medical help, and the DCoE is here to help you find what you’re looking for. DCoE was created in November 2007 to be the open door for Warriors and their Families needing help with psychological health and traumatic brain injury issues. DCoE accomplishes this goal by promoting the resilience, recovery and reintegration of Warriors and their Families.

Defense Centers of Excellence

Defense Centers of Excellence


DCoE oversees three centers, each of which contributes unique insights, standards, clinical tools and research products to the fields of psychological health and traumatic brain injury.

Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center »
The Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) is the traumatic brain injury (TBI) operational component of DCoE.

Deployment Health Clinical Center »
A gateway to information on deployment health and healthcare for healthcare providers, service members, veterans, and their families.

National Center for Telehealth and Technology »
Our mission at the National Center for Telehealth & Technology is to lead the innovation of mobile health and telehealth solutions to deliver psychological health and traumatic brain injury care and support to our nation’s warriors, veterans and their families.
The DCoE partners with the Department of Defense, the Department of Veterans Affairs and a national network of military and civilian agencies, community leaders, advocacy groups, clinical experts, and academic institutions to establish best practices and quality standards for the treatment of PH and TBI. Their work is carried out across these major areas: clinical care; education and training; prevention; research and patient, family and community outreach.

In addition, DCoE is working to tear down the stigma that still inhibit some from seeking treatment for problems such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and TBI with their Real Warriors Campaign: http://www.realWarriors.net/

The joint goal of the DCoE is to maximize opportunities for Warriors and Families to thrive through a collaborative global network to promote resilience, recovery and reintegration for PH and TBI.

If you, or someone you know, has a traumatic brain injury and needs help, don’t hesitate to contact the DCoE. They’re here to help, and they have the cutting edge technology, the experienced and compassionate staff and the dedication necessary to really understand, recover and revive the lives of those affected by TBI.

For more information, please go to: http://www.dcoe.health.mil/ForWarriors/GuardReserve.aspx
Or call: 866-966-1020
E-mail: resources@dcoeoutreach.org



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