The Veterans Mental Health Training Initiative (VMHTI) is a multi-year comprehensive training project developed by the National Association of Social Workers – New York State Chapter (NASW-NYS), aimed at increasing the number of community health and mental health professionals clinically trained in the assessment and treatment of mental health issues specific to veterans and their families. VMHTI is supported by a grant from the New York State Legislature as part of its efforts to address the unmet mental health needs of returning Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans and their families.
Each VMHTI training cycle consists of two regional conferences, which are free to attend and approved for continuing education credits for New York State physicians, licensed social workers, mental health counselors, and marriage and family therapists. In addition to the regional conferences, VMHTI sponsors local programming to further increase the knowledge base of professionals working with military service members and their families across the state.
For the 2020 VMHTI program year, NASW-NYS will be providing live in-person individual trainings, conferences with multiple breakout workshops, online live webinars, and a special edition VMHTI Newsletter with self study CE opportunities.