BENEFITING: UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER
The Mission of the UR Resilient Project is several-fold:
-To develop individualized, integrated care plans focused on wellness and resiliency for United States Military Veterans based on comprehensive neurologic and behavioral health assessments, intended to assist veterans' healthcare teams in their own communities to provide individualized, complete and compassionate care.
-To support the veteran's capacity for self-care and resilience through the cultivation of mindfulness, a quality of the human mind that has been demonstrated to enhance health and well-being.
-To demonstrate a new integrated model of care for conditions such as PTS that can be delivered in a group setting with skilled professionals and lead to positive outcomes in health and well-being.
The current state of care for veterans is insufficient. High stress conditions, extreme physical interactions and a toxic environment leaves soldiers with a plethora of serious conditions, including Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI), Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) and Depression, among many others. Despite the current standards of treatment for these conditions, such as prescription medications and standard individual and group therapies, many veterans remain in distress, some not engaged in the health care system, others either numb to their issues, some addicted to drugs and/or alcohol, and many worse off despite treatments. The current system of care for too many results in a perpetual cycle of treatment or no treatment, without significant improvements in individual health, resulting in huge economic costs which continue to grow. Adding to these issues are the staggering statistics:
1 - There are approximately 1.2 million veterans lacking health insurance, per most recent estimates.
2 - Only 9.3 million out of 22 million veterans in the U.S. are enrolled in VA benefits.
3 - Accessibility to special services is limited. Perhaps the most jarring statistic is the conservative estimate of 22 military suicides per day.
All of this paints a very grim picture of the state of health for our returning servicemen and women.
We aim to take a novel approach to care for veterans and their conditions. Our first-of-its-kind approach centers on a unique combination of traditional medicine and whole-person practices, executed in a fully immersive program that continues longitudinally for one year.