Behavioral Health Working Group

The Behavioral Health Working Group consists of agencies, social workers, family therapists, and practitioners who provide behavioral health support to veterans and their families throughout Los Angeles. The working group is centered on identifying the unique needs and challenges veterans have for accessing behavioral healthcare as well as identifying best practices for veteran treatment.

CPT MICHAEL FRANC, PsyD
California State Military Reserve
michael.franc.nfg@mail.mil
Val Reyes VALVINCENT REYES
Del Almo Hospital, Warrior Support Program
val.reyes@uhsinc.com

 

MICHAEL FRANC is a medical service officer in California State Military Reserve and a U.S. Navy veteran. He is a licensed psychologist with a background in psychology, philosophy, English and rhetoric. Franc is also on full-time active duty with California National Guard and divides his time between teaching undergraduate- and graduate-level university courses, while also co-facilitating a trauma group for military providers at Del Amo Hospital in Torrance, California.

VALVINCENT REYES is a military therapist for the Warrior Support Program at Del Amo Hospital in Torrance, California, and an Afghanistan war veteran. He is a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder and military lifestyle issues. Reyes also worked as a clinical assistant professor at USC School of Social Work.

The Behavioral Health Working Group is conducting a short mental health survey.

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  • Compassion Fatigue Program: Developed the first-ever veteran-to-veteran compassion fatigue support group for combat veteran therapists.
  • Civilian Therapist Training: Developing a syllabus to educate and train service members and community-based civilian therapists on how to properly treat veterans.
  • Resource List: Established a working list of vetted behavioral health agencies that provide evidence-based practice services to veterans and military families in Los Angeles County.

An action sheet is a record of each working group’s various goals and ongoing projects updated monthly.

Behavioral Health’s overall goal is to develop direct behavioral health counseling and social services to veterans and military families, and to develop training and education courses to aid civilian therapists to treat veterans.

Download latest Behavioral Health Action Sheet.

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