2017-09-08 / Front Page

15th Sig. Bde. command teams train on behavioral health services

BY MAJ. SHONDRA F. HENRY
Community Behavioral Health Services


Col. Daniel J. Ruder, 15th Signal Brigade commander, Command Sgt. Maj. Sheldon L. Moorer, 15th Signal Bde. command sergeant major, and Maj. Henry, Community Behavioral Health Services chief, provides opening remarks to 369th Signal Battalion leadership and staff members from the Department of Behavioral Health and Community Behavioral Health Services. 
COURTESY PHOTO Col. Daniel J. Ruder, 15th Signal Brigade commander, Command Sgt. Maj. Sheldon L. Moorer, 15th Signal Bde. command sergeant major, and Maj. Henry, Community Behavioral Health Services chief, provides opening remarks to 369th Signal Battalion leadership and staff members from the Department of Behavioral Health and Community Behavioral Health Services. COURTESY PHOTO The Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center’s Community Behavioral Health Services Clinic held a Commander’s Appreciation Day Aug. 25 for command teams of the 15th Signal Brigade to include leadership at the battalion and company level.

The day’s agenda included lunch, consultation with Department of Behavioral Health panel, SHARP, working groups with CBHS and SUDCC providers, tour of the clinic, and resource packets.

Col. Jay E. Earles, Department of Behavioral Health chief, Elizabeth L. Pollock, Substance Use Disorder Clinical Care director, Staff Sgt. Richard L. Spearman, Outpatient Behavioral Health Services noncommissioned officer in charge, Maj. Demietrice L. Pittman, Child and Family Behavioral Health Services chief, Maj. Elizabeth S. Guinto, Inpatient Psychiatric Behavioral Health chief, and Manford L. Pryear, Sexual Harassment Assault Response Program coordinator, were present to establish working relationships and educate commander’s and first sergeants on behavioral health care needs of Soldiers, cadre members, civilians, and DoD dependents assigned to the brigade. The 15th Sig. Bde. consist of 369th Sig. Bn., 551st Sig. Bn., 442nd Sig. Bn., Cyber Training Bn., Ordnance Training Detachment.

“This is the first step to solving a common problem using community resources,” said Ruder.

In adapting to the 15th Sig. Bde. Brigade training environment, CBHS adopted the Embedded Behavioral Health model, assigning each battalion a designated behavioral health provider and substance use disorder counselor.

CBHS is a par t of the DDEAMC Department of Behavioral Health, focused on providing quality behavioral health care to the 15th Sig. Bde. Soldiers that are attending Advanced Individual Training at Fort Gordon. CBHS supports units through outreach services and provides assistance for unit command teams to ensure the training mission for the AIT, Basic Officer Leaders Course and the Signal Captains Career Course is being met. The ultimate goal is to ensure fitness for duty, returning injured or ill Soldiers to full duty status after appropriate treatment, and managing medical conditions that may endanger the Soldier or others.

This event ultimately opens communications channels between the CBHS staff and the 15th Sig. Bde. leadership to ensure the “best and complete care” for the Soldiers while at the clinic and continuing after returning to their respective units.

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