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OSU named Wounded Warrior Project grant subcontract recipient

The Ohio State University announced its selection as a 2014 Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) grant recipient through a subcontract with The Military Family Research Institute (MFRI) at Purdue University.

The WWP grant program bridges gaps in services and support for this generation of injured service members by supporting organizations that provide high-quality, high-touch, unique programming in remote or underserved regions. Through teamwork and collaboration, the $250,000 grant will enhance support for this generation of injured service members and foster healthy readjustment to civilian life through programmatic activities aimed at training civilian behavioral health specialists.

The award will be used to increase regional approaches to Star Behavioral Health Providers (SBHP), a program that MFRI first created in Indiana, in collaboration with the Center for Deployment Psychology, the Indiana National Guard and the Indiana Family Social Services Administration. SBHP is a training and registry system that prepares civilian behavioral health providers and other community-based professionals to serve members of veteran and military families. WWP funding will allow expansion of the program into Ohio and South Carolina and extend the programs currently operating in Indiana, Michigan, California and Georgia.

Three tiers of training range from cultural competence to evidence-based treatments, and qualified providers can attend trainings in multiple tiers. The Ohio State University is collaborating with the Ohio National Guard, Ohio Department of Veterans Services, Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, American Red Cross, and OhioCares to launch the program in Ohio. Initial trainings will be offered throughout Ohio beginning in April.

“We have an extraordinary partnership in Ohio that will enhance our ability to train civilian behavioral health providers in our state so that our military service members and their families are better able to access appropriate care in the communities in which they live,” said John D. Corrigan, PhD, director of the program at The Ohio State University.

“The WWP Grant Program allows us to collectively broaden the network of support and services that are available to injured service members,” said Steve Nardizzi, CEO, Wounded Warrior Project. “Supporting these excellent organizations that share our mission and core values will help us ensure that this generation of injured service members is the most successful and well-adjusted in our nation’s history.”

In this third year of operation, the WWP Grant Program continues to work with organizations that provide injured service members with unique, specialized programs and services, often in remote or underserved areas of the country. During two review cycles each year, WWP carefully selects the grant recipients, and to date has provided support to over 85 organizations nationwide.

It is estimated over 50,000 servicemen and women have been physically injured in recent military conflicts, another 320,000 have experienced a traumatic brain injury while on deployment, and as many as 400,000 additional service members live with the invisible wounds of war including combat-related stress, major depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

For more information, and a full list of WWP grant recipients, please visit the 2014 WWP Grant Program.


This website has been funded with financial assistance from Grant #H133A120086 awarded by the U.S. Department of Education, National Institute on Disability Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) to the Ohio Valley Center for Brain Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation for the current funding period of 10/01/2012 - 09/30/2017.