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Prevention, Diagnosis, Treatment and Management of Substance Use Disorders in the U.S. Armed Forces


Type: Consensus Study
Topics: Health Services, Coverage, and Access, Substance Use and Mental Health, Military and Veterans Health
Board: Board on the Health of Select Populations

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Activity Description

In response to a mandate contained in The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010,the IOM will conduct a study on substance use disorders prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and management programs for members of the Armed Forces. Statutory direction, as interpreted by the DoD, calls for the study to provide:

  • an assessment of the adequacy and appropriateness of protocols used by the Military Health System (MHS) relevant to prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and management of substance use disorders in members of the Armed Forces;
  • an assessment of the adequacy of the availability of and access to care for substance use disorders in military medical treatment facilities (MTF) and under the TRICARE Program; and
  • an analysis of the adequacy and appropriateness of current credentials and other requirements for physician and non-physician healthcare professionals treating members of the Armed Forces with substance use disorders.

The study will also:

  • address and offer recommendations on evidence-based methodology(ies) to determine the advisable ratio of physician and non-physician healthcare providers for Substance Use Disorders (SUD) to members of the Armed Forces with SUDs;
  • address the adequacy of the availability of and access to care for substance use disorders for members of the reserve components of the Armed Forces when compared with the availability of and access to care for substance use disorders for members for the regular components of the Armed Forces; and
  • assess the adequacy of the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and management of substance use disorders programs for dependents of members of the Armed Forces, whether such dependents suffer from their own substance use disorder or because of the substance use disorder of a member of the Armed Forces.

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