CSSP seeks to effectively engage communities in serving the needs of Reserve Component members and their families, with a current focus in the areas of faith, legal, financial and behavioral health support.
Our Reserve and National Guard men and women have served this country with honor in the Global War on Terror in Afghanistan and Iraq. The needs of these Service members and their families have never been more pressing.
A significant number of these citizens have returned and are returning from their service with hidden scars which they must address without the benefits of the services and support provided to the Active component members on a military installation. These Veterans often must come to grips with the effects of such conditions as depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), substance abuse, marital problems, unemployment, underemployment, homelessness, incarceration, and sometimes, even suicide.
Communities want to support our Reserve and National Guard members and their families but need guidance on how to demonstrate their caring. Reserve Component members and families need information about local services and how to access them. The Citizen Soldier Support Program (CSSP), hosted by the Odum Institute for Research in Social Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has as its mission 'to engage and connect military and community service systems to increase the readiness and resiliency of Reserve Component (RC) members and their families.
CSSP has unified its approach under a single Reserve Component Behavioral Health Initiative to addressing the psychological issues confronting our Reserve Component members and their families through a variety of methods including evidence-based, best practice training, a robust searchable provider database and other innovative solutions.
CSSP is working with numerous partners throughout the country and with the Department of Defense to develop effective and sustainable military/community partnerships, to build and reinforce the military and civilian capacity of behavioral health professionals, agencies, systems and resources, and to penetrate into geographically isolated, rural and underserved regions to more effectively serve our Reserve Component members and their families.