Veterans’ mental health has been a massive public concern for generations. As professionals have continued to focus on the issue, we’ve uncovered a deep and serious problem facing the brave people who stand for our country in different parts of the world every day. Military service is very difficult for a lot of people, and it can inflict long-term harm on anyone who dons the uniform. We owe it to these people to help them however possible. TriWest Healthcare Alliance has been doing that for over a generation.
SoCal Empowered has long pursued the mission of helping people with mental health challenges regain control of their lives. We’ve worked with people from all walks of life, and that certainly includes veterans. We have a deep understanding of the challenges relating to veterans’ mental health, and we are thrilled to announce that we are now an in-network provider for TriWest Healthcare Alliance. We’d like to share some information about them and why their work is so important below.
About TriWest Healthcare Alliance
TriWest Healthcare Alliance was founded in 1996. It was and remains largely unique, in that the company exists to serve the healthcare needs – physical and mental – of members of the military and veterans and their family members. With regards to veterans’ mental health, TriWest Healthcare Alliance operates under the mantra of, “Count on Us to Be There™.”
The company provides several different types of resources relating to veterans’ mental health, including a portal page that gets the process of getting this type of help started. Whatever problem you or your loved one may be facing, you’ll find something to at least get that all-important first step handled as you begin yet another courageous journey, that of restoring good mental health.
For those who are ready to take a closer look at certain resources, the organization provides information regarding several different challenges facing veterans, including:
TriWest Healthcare Alliance is an organization that makes a difference in the lives of veterans and their loved ones every single day. We are proud to be included as an in-network provider to help people face the challenges of veterans’ mental health.
Veterans’ Mental Health Challenges: A Brief Overview
Certain facts can be seen as both positive and negative, and this one certainly falls into that category: According to the U.S. Government Accountability Office, or the GAO, the number of veterans receiving mental health care increased by a factor of 90 percent between the years of 2006 and 2019. On the positive side, it’s good to see more people making use of the resources available. However, this is also a daunting trend with regards to the overall state of veterans’ mental health.
As one would expect, there are mental health challenges that seem to be more prevalent among military veterans as compared to the general population. For instance, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, or NAMI:
- Anywhere between 11 and 20 percent of military veterans experience PTSD in a given year.
- Approximately 4 percent of the general population experiences PTSD in a given year.
- Suicide rates were climbing at a rate of 25 percent at the end of 2020.
The suicide rates are particularly troubling. According to Stop Soldier Suicide:
- Veterans face a 57 percent higher risk of suicide than those who did not serve.
- More than 125,000 veterans have died by suicide since 2001.
- There have been at least 6,000 military veteran suicides for 20 consecutive years.
It’s clear that veterans’ mental health is a serious challenge facing our society, and TriWest Healthcare Alliance is one of many organizations fighting the good fight to help our heroes when they need it most.
What Does “In-Network” Mean?
Relatively few people are experts when it comes to the nomenclature associated with the health insurance industry. This means that a lot of people may not fully understand the benefits that they have available to them. For instance, a lot of people don’t totally understand what it means to be an “in-network” provider.
We’ve discussed this on our overall insurance information page, but to summarize, when a provider such as SoCal Empowered is in an insurance company’s network, it means that in large part, the costs associated with obtaining our care are defined before anyone comes to stay at one of our inpatient Orange County mental health facilities. That’s a big benefit to people who need the type of help we provide, as it minimizes any uncertainties and surprises when it comes to this aspect of care.
How SoCal Empowered Can Help
We look forward to working with TriWest Healthcare Alliance on their mission of helping veterans receive the mental health care that many of them need. If you find yourself in this position, you need to take immediate steps – whether it’s you or a loved one facing this challenge – to get this type of help.
All you need to do is contact us at any time. One of our team members will listen to your situation and help you decide on the best way to proceed. If that includes a stay with us, then that’s what we’ll recommend. If we feel that a different course of treatment would serve you best, then you’ll hear that from us as well.
Our main concern is helping those who need it obtain the best care possible for their situation. Like any other disease, mental health problems are not going to get better if people wait and hope for them to resolve themselves. Contact us today to take that all-important first step towards the healing you and your loved ones deserve.