We enhance care for service members, Veterans, and their families (SMVF) by strengthening behavioral health systems through interagency collaboration and the implementation of evidence-based and promising practices. Our work convenes military and civilian representatives from state and local systems, including governors’ and mayors’ offices, behavioral health systems, treatment providers, suicide prevention coordinators, housing, labor, income supports, and criminal justice; the National Guard; the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; statewide initiatives, Veteran service organizations, and military and Veteran family organizations. Our goal is to increase awareness of and promote integrated interventions that serve the behavioral health needs of SMVF.


SAMHSA SOAR (SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery) TA Center

This national project is designed to increase access to the disability income benefit programs (SSI/SSDI) administered by the Social Security Administration for eligible adults and children who are experiencing or at-risk of homelessness and have a mental illness, medical impairment, and/or a co-occurring substance use disorder.


This national project is designed to help state and territory teams develop and implement strategic plans to strengthen behavioral health systems for service members, veterans, and their families.

HUD-VASH Training and Technical Assistance Program

2010 - 2016

This national training and technical assistance program was designed to help case managers across all of the Veterans Integrated Service Networks to successfully assist Veterans who are homeless, and their families, access and sustain housing via the U.S. Departments of Housing and Urban Development and Veterans Administration Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program.


Policy Research’s Impact Reports

Each quarter, Policy Research publishes an impact report spotlighting our work across the country via our technical assistance centers, projects, and fee-for-service activities.