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Staff Connections N91 Newsletter June 2011

  1. 1. Navy Family Readiness Program Staff Connections Program Updates for the Navy Family Readiness Program Staff JUNE 2011 Navy Family Readiness Program Staff Connections is a monthly publication of the Commander, Navy Installations Command’s Navy Family Readiness Program. It is designed to communicate program news and initiatives to Navy Family Readiness Program (N91) staff. Submission deadlines are the 10th of the month for the next month’s publication. Acting Fleet and Family Readiness Program Director........................................................Rogers Patrick Navy Family Readiness Program Manager ....... Kathy Korth Navy Family Readiness Program Deputy Manager .....................................................Connie Civiello Editor..........................John Levinson Layout and Design ................................Zeiders Enterprises, Inc. Learn more about Navy Family Readiness on the Gateway: Commander, Navy Installations Command 716 Sicard Street SE, Suite 1000 Washington, DC 20374-5140 Editor: 202-433-4683, DSN 288-4683Virtual Ombudsman Basic TrainingThe Ombudsman Program is piloting a virtual Ombudsman Basic Training (OBT)course to explore the feasibility of offering OBT via webinars as an alternative to the Contents Virtual Ombudsman Basic Training . . . . 1traditional classroom setting. This pilot will be conducted June 20 - 24. Attendeesmust complete all five of the three-hour webinars in order to receive their OBT certifi- Preparing for a Hurricane . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2cate and meet the training requirement identified in OPNAVINST 1750.1F. After a Disaster: Muster and Recover . . . 2This training is not limited to any specific command or location, but should be Sexual Violence in the United States . . . 3viewed as an alternate training option for those ombudsmen who are unable to The 13th Annual Joint Services/participate in a traditional classroom setting. Whenever possible, ombudsmen are Agency/ERC National Relocationencouraged to attend OBT at their local FFSC. If you are aware of any commands Conference . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3or ombudsmen having difficulty completing training, please tell them about this Mobile Applicationsprogram. Class size is limited, so don’t delay! for Mental Health . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4Guidance on webinar registration and setting up your Learning Management Yorktown Quality of Life Summit . . . . . . . 4System (LMS) account can be found on the Ombudsman Training Schedules Fleet and Family Supportpage of the FFSP website. This is a separate account from the Ombudsman Program Fact Sheets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5Registry. Or, go directly to to create a webinar Over There: Stories and Insightsaccount. Please note: AOL email accounts are not compatible with the from Mothers Who Have Deployed . . . . 5Learning Management System. Contact Doreen Scott, CNIC Ombudsman Education Directory for ChildrenTraining Coordinator, at 402-614-0550 or if you with Special Needs Now Available . . . . . 5have any questions. Commander Fleet Activities Sasebo Honors Military Spouses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Supporting the Fleet, Fighter, and Family
  2. 2. CNIC Communication JUNE 2011 After a Disaster: Muster and Recover After a major disaster, such as a hurricane, flood, wildfire, volcano, tsunami or terrorist event, the Navy must account for the location of all personnel and their families and assist those in need. The Navy Family Accountability and Assistance System (NFAAS) is a web-based tool that the Navy uses to account for, assess, manage and monitor the recovery process of personnel and their families affected by a widespread catastrophic event. To update information in NFAAS before disaster strikes, log intoPreparing for a Hurricane NFAAS using the “Click Here” button. There are three loginJune 1st marks the start to the Atlantic Hurricane season. Here is methods: Common Access Card (CAC), Username and Password,some important information to pass along to families to ensure and Personal Information. You must login with a CAC to viewthey are prepared: and update your personal information.N Hurricanes are among the most destructive natural forces on After a declared disaster, log into NFAAS to muster and report the planet and can include high winds, flash flooding, storm your needs. Follow the four steps under the “Update Info” tab. surges and tornadoes. While some advance warning usually oc- Indicate your new location if you have evacuated, and complete curs, hurricanes often change their paths and levels of severity. the 19 questions on the Needs Assessment Survey if you have medical, permanent housing, financial assistance, family em-N Before a storm strikes, it is essential to create an emergency ployment, child care, school, legal services, religious, counseling, family plan and an emergency supply kit. Ensure that ev- or other needs. eryone in your family knows the plan and the location of the kit. Also, create and practice a family communication plan Based on the type and severity of the needs, a Fleet and Fam- in case you are separated. Keep in mind, phone lines and cell ily Support Center representative will be in contact with the phone towers may be down as a result of the storm. affected Navy personnel and their families to determine the appropriate response or assistance needed for recovery. If an In-N Stay up-to-date on weather alerts to ensure that your family ternet-ready computer is not accessible, call the Navy Personnel knows when a storm may strike in your area. Never ignore Command Emergency Coordination Center at 1-877-414-5358 an evacuation order. Follow guidelines regarding times and or 1-866-297-1971 (TDD). routes, and take only essential items and your emergency kit with you. If you are not instructed to evacuate, stay tuned to NFAAS also provides references for planning and recovery that emergency stations on TV or radio for further instructions. you can use anytime. Under the “Reference” tab, you can access Also, stay away from windows or doors by seeking shelter in information and tools such as local and military support phone a bathroom or basement. numbers, emergency-related fact sheets, resource guides and Web links. Use this information to plan ahead for emergencies,N Once a storm has passed and you are in a safe place, be sure or after a disaster to link to resources to aid your recovery. to muster with your command or through the Navy Family Accountability and Assistance System. Listen to news reports For more informa- about lingering safety concerns, such as contaminated water, tion on how to downed power lines or flooding, and take precautions. prepare for all types of hazards, visitN As for all hazards, the fundamental preparatory steps your the Commander family should take now are to create an emergency supply Navy Installations kit and make a family emergency plan, including com- Command, munication and evacuation plans. For more information on Operation Prepare how to prepare for hurricanes, visit the Commander Navy webpage. Installations Command, Operation Prepare webpage. Supporting the Fleet, Fighter, and Family 2
  3. 3. CNIC Communication JUNE 2011Sexual Violence in the United States The 13th Annual Joint Services/The US Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Agency/ERC National RelocationWomen, White House Council on Women and Girls, and the ConferenceWhite House Advisor on Violence Against Women sponsoreda national roundtable discussion on sexual violence in “Raising the Stakes, Playing tothe United States. Win” was held May 18-20 in Las Vegas, Nevada. This confer-Roundtable participants included survivors of sexual violence, ence is the premier event foradvocates, law enforcement officers, forensic medical examiners, military relocation profession-prosecutors and judges. They represented diverse and under- als. The presentations wereserved populations including tribal communities, gay, lesbian, tailored for military relocationbisexual and transgendered communities, women of color, men specialists and providedand others. information directly relatedParticipants identified numerous barriers to advancing the issue to current issues. Educationalof sexual violence: sessions at the conference included:N Persistence of “rape myths” and misconceptions about sexual violence. N Refresher training on laws pertinent to relocation.N Relentless focus on victims’ behavior and characteristics as well as lack of attention to offenders. This perpetuates victim- N Updated information provided by Child & Youth Program, blaming and helps offenders evade sanctions. School Liaison Office, Housing, and Personal Property.N Lack of community engagement, which inhibits public N Relocation 101 for new Relocation Assistance Program discourse on the issue. personnel;N Failure to consider the historical and current contexts of N Understanding of expanded Homeowners Assistance Pro- sexual violence as a tool of subjugation and colonization, in gram as it applies to military as well as BRAC’d civilians. particular as this relates to communities of color. N Overview of arranging a military move and presentation wasN Discomfort of professionals and the general public with is- motivational for the Military Relocation Specialists and pro- sues of child intra- and extra-familial sexual abuse. vided much encouragement and praise for a job well done.N Victims’ reluctance to report their assaults due to facing The keynote speaker for the opening general session of the skepticism, blame and further humiliation from professionals, conference was Mr. Chip Heath who discussed “Switch: How families and friends. to Change Things when Change is Hard.” Mr. Heath’s remarks provided insight into finding the bright spot about change andN Lack of effective training and education on sexual violence, going with it; even though it seems hard to do at times. both for first responders and for communities at large. At the awards luncheon, David Randle from Okinawa received theN Need for better research and data collection to inform the Brian Goodson Award from ERC. Dave demonstrated the qualities work of practitioners and policymakers. that Brian Goodson embodied: his exceptional leadership, personalParticipants identified the most significant priorities as being and professional integrity, commitment to the industry and tocriminal justice reform, community engagement, offender each military member, and his compassion for others.accountability and social messaging to change attitudes and The military portion of the conference wrapped up with theshed light on the issue of sexual violence. Click here for a more Cracker Barrel session, “Keys to Successful Program Implementa-comprehensive report on the summary of the roundtable tion.” Five relocation managers provided best practices onproceedings. making a video, presenting workshops and planning moves to overseas locations. Supporting the Fleet, Fighter, and Family 3
  4. 4. CNIC Communication JUNE 2011Mobile Applications for Mental Healthby Dr. Julia E. Hoffman, Clinical Psychologist, National Center for Telehealth & TechnologyAs has happened in every era, service can customize tools based on your preferences and canmembers are returning from deploy- integrate your own contacts, photos and music. Downloadments with combat wounds that affect the app for free from iTunes App Store. A version for Androidtheir mental and physical health. The users is expected to be available soon. For more on thisimpact of these problems goes far be- mobile app, click here.yond the service members themselves. N T2 Mood Tracker: This self-assessment app monitors vari-Deployment-related mental, behavioral ous aspects of your mood over time. Users select what areasand physical health problems can lead they would like to track, and then use simple graphical scalesto challenges in military families and to indicate how they feel. You can also add your own scalescommunities that last for months or to monitor problems that are completely individualized, andeven years. The good news is that there enter notes about what is going on in your environment toare a variety of treatments that work help explain mood changes. Download the app for free fromfor post-deployment challenges, and iTunes App Store or from Android. For more on this mobilethese effective treatments are offered app, click here.across the Department of Defense(DoD) and Veterans Affairs (VA) treatment facilities. If you are not sure if treatment is necessary, use these apps to anonymously check your well-being, and then seek care if nec-However, many service members and families who need essary. Even if you are already in treatment, these apps providetreatment will never seek care for a number of reasons such as ways to measure stress and offer coping strategies betweenproblems getting to treatment because of location, transportation sessions – when real life happens.options, work schedules, etc. Others fear the negative perceptionof seeking help for psychological health concerns as a sign of For additional information and resources, visit the DCoE Mentalweakness, and some don’t even realize that treatment would be Health Awareness Month page. Learn more about T2 at www.helpful because they are trained that reintegration stress is normal. National Center for Telehealth & Technology (T2) we’ve beenworking on solutions to the problem of getting care to service Yorktown Quality of Life Summitmembers where and when they need it most. Our focus is on Captain Crow, Commanding Officer, Naval Weapons Stationusing technology in innovative ways to address concerns such Yorktown, kicked off the second annual Quality of Life post-traumatic stress, depression, or traumatic brain injuries. The objective of the Summit was to unite all N9 programs, asOne way we have found is through the use of mobile phone well as other military and community agencies, to collaborateapplications for mental health, like PTSD Coach and T2 Mood and synergize their collective resources for the benefit of militaryTracker. Most people who carry smart phones have them within members and their families.reach and turned on at all times, so the goal of developing theseapps is to provide education, skills training, self-assessment and Hosted by FFSC Yorktown and held at Lincoln Military Housingsupport to service members immediately via their mobile phone. Community Center, there were over 20 vendors and double the number of participants in attendance compared to last year.Mobile Apps Available: Participating vendors included: Operation Homefront, WIC, BlueN PTSD Coach: T2 collaborated with the VA’s National Center Star Families, Tricare, United Concordia, NMCRS, LINKS, USO for PTSD to create PTSD Coach. This mobile app provides and Military OneSource. Additionally, FT Eustis Fire Department users with information on post-traumatic stress disorder, a was on hand to provide car seat safety checks. Car seats were self-assessment, support resources and tools to help manage checked for proper installation, and the Fire Department even stress symptoms. Tools based on evidence-based treatment provided a free child booster seat to one lucky participant. A range from relaxation skills and positive self-talk to anger special thank you to Megan Covert for all her hard work coordi- management and other common self-help strategies. You nating such a successful event! Supporting the Fleet, Fighter, and Family 4
  5. 5. CNIC Communication JUNE 2011 Fleet and Family Support Program Fact Sheets Looking for the Fleet and Family Support Program Fact Sheets? Find the latest Fact Sheets, Newsletters and more on the G2. Log on with your email certificate to access these documents. Over There: Stories and Insights from Mothers Who Have Deployed Military OneSource is offering a new CD resource for mothers who have deployed.Education Directory for Children with Special Being “over there” when the rest of your family is back home can be hard for anyNeeds Now Available military parent, but mothers may find itThe Department of Defense (DoD) Office of Community Support for Military Families especially challenging. Women who havewith Special Needs announced the results of a study by Ohio State University (OSU) to been through this experience find thereview access to and availability of evidence-based educational practices for military best way to prepare is to learn from oth-dependents with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Through a partnership between ers who have already been there.the DoD and the U.S. Department of Agriculture and its Land Grant Universities, OSU In this CD, Dr. Heidi Squier Kraft, a formerreviewed public education services in the five states with the greatest numbers of as- Navy psychologist whose twins weresigned military personnel (California, Georgia, North Carolina, Texas, and Virginia). babies when she headed a combat-stressAs a result of the study, the Office of Community Support for Military Families with platoon in Iraq, discusses the uniqueSpecial Needs published an Education Directory for Children with Special Needs, which challenges that mothers face when theyprovides useful, practical information about services for children with ASD. The Direc- deploy. She’s joined by mothers fromtory provides assignment personnel and families of military dependents with ASD the each service branch who deployed wheninformation they need to make informed decisions when considering assignments of their children ranged in age from tod-these families to locations in the five states. dlers to teenagers. You will hear:The Directory provides the following information: N How they managed goodbyes.N Brief summaries of national and state policies related to ASD, including the latest N Ways they made sure their children were evidence-based practices for children with ASD. in good hands while they were gone.N Profiles and contact information for districts that serve military installations in the N What they did to stay close to their selected states. children while they were gone.N A representative list of effective resources. N How they stayed focused on their mission.N Suggestions and resources to assist families during the educational transition of their child with ASD. N What it was like to return home and be a “mom” again.Follow the link to provide comments and feedback on the new Directory. N How their experiences made themThe Executive Summary and final project report, Education Services for Military better service members and mothers.Dependent Children with Autism, can be found on MilitaryHOMEFRONT Reports. Supporting the Fleet, Fighter, and Family 5
  6. 6. CNIC Communication JUNE 2011Commander Fleet Activities SaseboHonors Military SpousesCongratulations to the staff at Sasebo Fleet and Family SupportCenter, who celebrated Military Spouse Appreciation Day byhonoring military spouses with massages, facials, food and fun!Watch the video report. Supporting the Fleet, Fighter, and Family 6