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Brief organization mission and recent accomplishments relevant to this program area:
The Invictus Foundation’s mission is to help heal the invisible wounds of war including Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Associated Brain Injury (ABI), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Military Sexual Trauma (MST) depression, suicidal prevention, alcohol/substance abuse, domestic violence, relationship issues, rehabilitation/aftercare (community integration) and pre/post deployment screening within this Country’s military, veterans and their families. Critically important is that we will do so in a caring and collaborative community culture without regard for their ability to pay.
Recent accomplishments include completion of Phase I (Concept Phase) of a 3-phase strategic and tactical business plan for a community based, charitable not-for profit Behavioral Health Services Organization (BHSO); the Invictus Foundation. Phase I components (completed) included conceptualization, regulatory authorization and implementation of our BHSO model and focusing on forging a collaborative partnership of public, quasi-public and private sector organizations that support the Invictus Foundation’s vision and mission.
Project summary, including its impact on building community supportive services, mobilizing communities, coordinating medical and non-medical supportive services, and/or strengthening healthcare worker capacity:
The Invictus Foundation’s operating model is that of a charitable, not-for-profit Behavioral Health Services Organization (BHSO). Our BHSO model is innovative and collaborative. Our core value is that no warrior who has served this Nation should ever be denied access to behavioral health care services based on their ability to pay.
The Invictus Foundation is creating a national network of locally based operations. We call this funding model Local Nationalizer. We are focusing on behavioral health issues affecting our Nation’s uniformed services personnel, veterans and their families that are important to local communities across the Country, where government alone can’t solve the problem. We have broken our Plan down into three strategic and tactical phases: (1) Concept Phase (completed) (2) Community Resource Leveraging Phase (under development) and (3) Brick & Mortar Phase.
The Invictus Foundation’s vision and mission is to create an operational footprint nationally, regionally and at the community level. Our long-term goal is to build and operate regional level operating subsidiaries that have a multi-state geographic draw; the Invictus Centers for Traumatic Brain Injury & Psychological Health. The Centers will continue to build on Phase 2 of our efforts by providing a permanent mooring anchor for sustained, uniform and consistent behavioral health services outreach activities to our military, veterans and their families. That mooring anchor will be the Invictus Center for Traumatic Brain Injury & Psychological Trauma to be achieved in Phase 3; the Brick & Mortar Phase.
Target population, geographic area:
Our target population is our military, veterans, their families, families of the fallen, National Guard and Reservists. The first region, state and geographical area to be covered are the Pacific Northwest Region, the State of Washington and the Puget Sound Metropolis. The Seattle-Tacoma MSA has one of the largest military/veterans communities in the Country. The land that has been donated by the state of Washington to the Invictus Foundation is in Orting; a municipality within Pierce County.
Description of project implementation, number of people served, and collaborative partners:
The Invictus Foundation is now focused on Phase 2 of our strategic and tactical plan; the Community Resource Leveraging component, which is providing behavioral health care services across the continuum of evaluation, diagnosis, treatment, ongoing community outreach services, education, training and ongoing research to our military, veterans, their families, families of the fallen, National Guard and Reservists. This is being accomplished through a network of community based practitioners providing services to our constituency without regard to their ability to pay. We have branded and trademarked this network as the Welcome Home Network. Phase 2 allows a more rapid deployment of behavioral health services out to our military, veterans and their families in the Puget Sound community, the state of Washington and the Pacific Northwest Region.
The Welcome Home Network is a sustainable local, state-wide and regional network of behavioral health practitioners focused on meeting behavioral health needs among the military community in the Seattle-Tacoma metropolis, the Puget Sound region, the state by of Washington and the Pacific Northwest Region by providing free, easily accessible, and fully confidential counseling services. To be a provider participant in the Welcome Home Network (WHN) we ask interested behavioral health providers to consider donating an hour of their time each week, for at least one year, to provide free behavioral health services to military personnel and their families in need of these services. However, we’re approaching our provider supply inventory from a time continuum perspective that runs from the preferred to what each psychologists practice will allow. The operating model we have chosen to mirror that reality is to maintain a dynamic capacity inventory (DCI). Our DCI model allows behavioral health providers to give our military members, veterans and their families the time that their individual practices will allow them to give. The WHN’s goal is to make it easy for military families to seek services and to make it easy for behavioral health professionals to provide care.
By providing services that are separate from the military establishment, the WHN offers an essential option for men and women who might otherwise fail to seek or receive appropriate services. There is no paperwork or insurance claims, and no money changes hands. By making registration as a WHN provider a one-step online process, WHN offers caring behavioral health professionals an opportunity to donate their expertise in their office on their own schedule.
Our Web site matches behavioral health providers to military personnel and their families. Our scheduling system has the capacity to match based on geographic requirement and areas of need. We continually recruit new providers as we build partnerships with local/regional organizations that represent behavioral health professionals as well as those connected to the military. Providers in the WHN offer consultation to employers, first-responders, schools, and other veterans service organizations; in-service training to counseling centers; and education and outreach services, to inform the larger community on issues affecting the behavioral health of military members, veterans and their families locally, state-wide and regionally.
Phase 3 will consist of the capital construction and operation of the Invictus Center for Traumatic Brain Injury & Psychological Health. The capital construction costs of the Center will be approximately 6M dollars. The Center will be a staff model (salaried & onsite providers) point of service delivery model within the community that will provide a continuum of evaluation, diagnosis, treatment, education, training, ongoing community outreach and research. Once built, each Center will immediately seek Federal grants as a Community Mental Health Center (CMHC) under the Community Mental Health Act and simultaneously seek accreditation by TRICARE as a designated Medical Treatment Facility. They will also seek to align with each State’s health planning function to ensure maximal leverage of resources available to each Center through public, private and quasi-public funding mechanisms. The goal of the Invictus Foundation is to have ninety-two cents of every donated dollar going into the construction and operation of the Invictus Centers. Conservative financial pro forma objectively indicate the Centers will be self-sustaining and will thrive in each and every community that they are placed.
When Phase 3 is completed we will integrate Phase 2 into Phase 3 and we will end up with a mixed model network of providers (community based and brick & mortar based)) providing services to our military, veterans, their families, first responders and public safety personnel. This mixed model network will provide services to the above groups through a permeable membrane of outreach activities that will flow out to and in from the community- at- large. Though our core focus is military members, veterans and their families we will maintain an open door policy for all who are in need.
Our strategic and tactical capital growth plan seeks funding for Phase 2 & Phase 3 from organizations and individuals across the following segments: (1) corporations, (2) organized labor, (3) associations, (4) high net worth individuals, (5) celebrities (6) viral, grass roots fundraising using multimedia and social networking to reach this Country’s heartland and (7) foundations/grants.
We are using a collaborative model of public, quasi-public and private sector support for the Invictus Foundation’s vision and mission. For the state of Washington, it includes the Washington State Department of Veteran Affairs, local veterans’ organizations, the Washington Congressional delegation, the executive and legislative branches of Washington State government, University of Washington, Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), DOD, BCRA Design, the Cantrell Institute, the Allen Institute for Brain Science and the Invictus Foundation. The State of Washington has expressed a willingness to donate the land once we begin Phase 3 of our Plan. We will approach the University of Washington to provide residents from its teaching programs in psychiatry and psychology once Phase 3 is completed and operational.