WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities’ TBI

TBI symptoms often present similarly to Substance Abuse Disorders; People who have TBIs are more likely to turn to substances (alcohol or drugs) to cope with their injury. It can be difficult to decipher whether the symptoms (aggression, confusion, etc) are from TBI or substance use.

2.       When working with patients- “Don’t open and unload someone’s ‘baggage’ unless you have the time and energy to help them pack it back up. Let them show pieces of their baggage on their own terms”

3.       Crisis Call Center (775-784-8090) 24-hour crisis line providing a safe, non-judgmental source of support for individuals in any type of crisis; National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) 24-hour, toll-free suicide prevention service available to anyone in suicidal crisis

4.       When working with veterans- The VA only tests for TBI in post-9/11 veterans. Anyone before 9/11 has not been tested (Korean, Vietnam, etc.) unless they’ve sought out services; The VA has adapted a “polytrauma/TBI System of Care” which is an integrated network of specialized rehabilitation programs for veterans. This allows them to access most services needed under one roof. https://www.polytrauma.va.gov/system-of-care/index.asp https://www.polytrauma.va.gov/ConcussionCoach.asp

5.       Medicaid 1115 Waiver expands treatment options for people with Substance Abuse Disorder. What DHHR’s website doesn’t mention is that it can be used to help patient’s seek alternative treatments such as cannabis/CBD oils https://dhhr.wv.gov/News/2017/Pages/DHHR%E2%80%99s-Medicaid-Program-to-Expand-Substance-Use-Treatment-and-Services.aspx.

6.       WVU CED programs and services are expansive. Their website provides good insight on what they offer- http://www.cedwvu.org/ http://tbi.cedwvu.org


Treating the Invisible Wounds of War

Treating the Invisible Wounds of War – Over 1.6 million men and women have served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF/OIF) to date. Almost half of those Service Members are married, and almost half have dependent children–the majority 5 years old and younger. In today’s unique combat situation–where there is no front line and constant vigilance must be maintained on the ground, where individuals are serving as many as four deployments that are longer in duration than in the past, and where Service Members and Families are asked to give more because of our all-volunteer military–we’re learning that, “The wounds of war are not limited to the battlefield.” Army OneSource has launched a formal campaign, supported by the U.S. Army, to encourage civilian health and Behavioral Health providers to complete a FREE online course in the series titled, “Treating the Invisible Wounds of War.” This series of courses was designed to help primary care physicians, case workers, mental health providers, and other professionals – who may see a veteran or family member on an unrelated issue – develop a better understanding of the culture in which Service Members and Veterans, as well as their Families, live and work. The course also provides best practices for identifying, assessing, and treating Behavioral Health problems that result from the trauma of war.

1.Treating the Invisible Wounds of War (TTIWW): PTSD/TBI Length: 4 Hours Credit Type(s): 4.0 NBCC Hours – Provider #5470; 4.0 CNE Contact Hours (AP004-1211); 4.0 DC Contact hours; Contact Hours; 0.4 CEU; 4 Contact Hours (category B) CE for NC Psychologists

2.TTIWW: A Primary Care Approach Length: 1 Hour Credit Type(s): 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit, 1.0 AAFP Prescribed

3.TTIWW: Issues of Women Returning from Combat Length: 3 Hours Credit Type(s): 3.0 Contact Hours NBCC (Provider #5470), 3.0 CNE Contact Hours (AP004-1212), 3.0 Contact Hours, 0.3 CEU; 3.0 DC Contact hours; 3 Contact Hours (category B) CE for NC Psychologists

4.TTIWW: Recognizing the Signs of mTBI during Routine Eye Examinations Length: 2 Hours Credit Type(s): 2.0 COPE Hours (Course ID: 32660-NO), 2.0 Contact Hours, 0.2 CEU 5. *NEW* TTIWW: Understanding Military Family Issues Length: 3 Hours Credit Type(s): 3.0 NBCC Credit Hours (Provider #5470); 3.0 Contact Hours; 0.3 CEU In addition to better supporting Service Members, those who complete the course will:\ receive a poster to display in their offices inviting Service Members and their Families to talk to a health professional about any troubling symptoms, receive a Certificate of Completion suitable for framing, be eligible for FREE Continuing Education Unit (CEU)


INSTRUCTIONS: From your browser, go to http://www.aheconnect.com/citizensoldier/ Step 1: Click on New Users tab at the top of the screen Step 2: Create a personal user account following the instructions on the screen *NOTE: Be sure to enter your Army OneSource referral code: IJF-BH in the space provided. If you don’t have a referral code, contact your local Army OneSource Community Support Coordinator. Step 3: Login to the system using your new ID and password Step 4: Click on Courses tab at the top of the screen Step 5: Select a course you wish to complete. Step 6: Click on Register Once you complete the course, your CEU will be recorded, and you will have access to download and print a Certificate of Completion.

Veteran’s Mental Health First Aid in Martinsburg

There are 12 additional vacancies in Veteran’s Mental Health First Aid in Martinsburg  on Friday, December 15 from 8-4.  This class comes with 8 hours of Nursing, Social Work, and Law Enforcement CEUs, and fulfills the WV state requirement for 2 hrs of veteran mental health training for social workers.  The class is free and open to the public.  Please contact Kija Wilson klwilson@k12.wv.us for details.  Thank you!



Case Manager Job Description

Helping Heroes, is a community based, non-profit facility. It provides support services and resources to homeless and near homeless veterans in order to transition them to, or maintain self-sufficiency. Our SSVF Program (Supportive Services for Veteran Families) provides temporary housing assistance in conjunction with comprehensive case management to veterans with families who are homeless or are facing a housing crisis.

Helping Heroes is hiring a Case Manager to work with the SSVF program. The SSVF Case Manager duties are summarized as:

  • Outreach Specialist duties include:
    • Assist the program director in conducting and coordinating outreach activities as assigned

o   Setting up and tearing down for events such as fundraising and outreach activities

  • Case management services including:
    • Refer participants for help in obtaining VA benefits and other public benefits such as health care services, daily living services, personal financial planning services, transportation, fiduciary and payee services, legal services, child care, housing counseling services, and temporary financial assistance.

o   Conducts comprehensive screenings and assessments with veterans to collect functional, environmental, financial, employment, housing, educational, and health information, as appropriate, to develop a case plan.

o   Provides service linkages and support systems for veterans and their families, including for children and adolescents, to ensure identified needs are met

o   Makes referrals to supportive services such as job developers, social workers and health care providers as deemed necessary

o   Develops support systems to meet veteran and family needs; coordinates and facilitates move-in activities, rental negotiations, and service referrals as required.

o   May make home and field visits

    • Provide supportive counseling and advocacy for families; provides crisis intervention, if needed.

o   May requiring help with moving furniture, cleaning and carrying food boxes

o   Other duties required to related physical activity.

  • Complete on-going record keeping and maintenance of statistical data.
  • Prioritization of tasks associated with assigned cases

This individual must demonstrate the ability to report directly to the SSVF Program Manager and must also participate in annual inspections conducted by funding agencies.

Preferred qualifications for this position include:

  1. A bachelor’s degree in social work or human service field is preferred, military and work experience will be considered
  2. 1 – 3 years experience working with veterans and/or the homeless population ( must have experience working with adults)
  3. Experience working with people in recovery
  1. Proven ability to develop relationships with families as well as a wide variety of service stakeholders (VA, schools, health and public benefit agencies
  1. Provide thorough and comprehensive documentation of services in a timely manner
  2. Work independently on identified case management needs
  3. Computer proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
  1.  Able to lift and carry 50 pounds


Additional Requirements:

  • US Armed Forces veteran preferred
  • Social Work License preferred
  • Submit to a criminal background check
  • Pre employment physical with drug screen
  • Copy of Transcripts required upon hiring
  • Hold a valid driver’s license, car insurance and be willing and able to travel. DMV driving record must be provided upon hiring

Resume, Cover letter, and 3 references

            ATTN: Susan Harrison, Executive Director Helping Heroes

            256 Jefferson Ave. Moundsville WV 26041