VA Mental Health Programs Focus of Showcase

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Dr. Carolyn Greene discusses Military Sexual Trauma during the Mental Health Showcase with attendees.

By Tamara Schutter, VA Public Affairs Intern

Thursday, May 15, 2014

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and to kick it off, VA recently hosted a Mental Health Showcase event where attendees were able to get the most up-to-date information about Mental Health programs offered to Veterans by the VA.

The May 13 event featured presentations and exhibits that provided information on the VA Gun Safety Program, Veterans Integration to Academic Leadership (VITAL), how Chaplains can help Veterans with Mental Health, Veteran parenting, web-based delivery of the Veteran weight-loss MOVE! Program and others.

“My favorite presentations were the ones on the web-based MOVE! Program, Behavioral Health Interdisciplinary Program Team, and especially on the Veteran Parenting Program,” said Mirean Coleman, a representative from the National Association of Social Workers.

“The information from the showcase is very good and I am excited to take this information back to my organization and show them what VA is doing. I really hope this event will be done every year.”

Mental Health is very important to VA and there are many opportunities available to Veterans for treatment. There are mental health programs that offer support for depression, anxiety, substance abuse, PTSD, and other serious mental illnesses such as bipolar disorder.

“The important thing to remember,” stated Dr. Robert Jesse, Principal Deputy Under Secretary for Health, “is that treatment works and we provide the best care possible to our Veterans.”

VA Mental Health for Veterans is focused on recovery, coordinated care for the whole person, mental health treatment in primary care, mental health treatment with a coordinator, around-the-clock service, care that is sensitive to gender and cultural issues, care close to home, evidence-based treatment, and family and couple services.

At the Mental Health Showcase, one of the most reoccurring topics was how to provide mental health care to Veterans in ways that are more patient-centered. For a lot of Veterans, especially those who may not be willing to visit a mental health care provider, their computer may be their best tool for seeking advice and treatment.

Programs such as Vets Prevail, Veteran Parenting and the web-based MOVE! Program are all computer-based programs that allow Veterans to seek help without an office visit. Veterans are also able to chat with other Veterans and Peer Support Counselors, who can assist them in taking steps towards better health.

“Many of the Mental Health issues we see today are things that the VA has been researching and treating for years,” said Matthew King, Mental Health Information Management & Evaluation Coordinator. “The VA has really been ahead of these issues for a long time, and making sure that others are aware of them is our goal.”

“We want to stay engaged with our mental health stakeholder groups and provide them with information about all the innovative things VA is doing,” said Peggy Henderson, Director, Mental Health Consumer & Liaison Services. “We would like our stakeholders to have a good understanding of what we do.”

This is the second Mental Health Showcase that has been offered by VA.

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              The monthly meeting comes to order in the heart of Silicon Valley, a world center of leading-edge technology. Household names such as Google, Yahoo, Apple, YouTube, Netflix, and Hewlett-Packard dot this short stretch of coastal California between San Francisco and San Jose. In attendance this evening are software developers and computer scientists, some from these very companies.

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              Whats on tonights agenda? The Next Big Thing in high-tech? Not exactly. Not unless you have adult ADHD (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder). In that case, keeping track of your keys can be a very big thing indeed.

              Phillip*, 32, a talented software programmer with a beautiful smile and an engaging personality, begins: “Okay, Ive been practicing some of the suggestions we talked about last time for keeping track of my keys, and I cant believe how well theyre working.” No one snickers. No one rolls their eyes. Most people attending this support group for adults with ADHD chuckle and nod in agreement, relieved to hear someone speak openly about an embarrassing problem that they, too, have, or a problem similar to theirs.

              Make no mistake: Silicon Valley might be a worldwide magnet for people with ADHD, what with their stereotypical love of the new and novel. But even here, ADHD is not limited to young men who tinker in high-tech, and its challenges arent limited to lost keys. The people gathered tonight—male and female, professionals and blue-collar workers, teens and retirees, long-time locals and new immigrants from many different nations—find themselves dogged by a few or many of these other difficulties:

              • Losing track of priorities
              • Arriving late to events and missing deadlines
              • Having trouble initiating tasks and following through to completion
              • Being chronically disorganized
              • Managing finances poorly
              • Losing their temper easily
              • Overspending, smoking, video gaming, and other addictions
              • Not being “present” in relationships

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              The View from the ADHD Roller Coaster—Both Sides

              The following text has been excerpted from Is it You, Me, or Adult A.D.D. by journalist Gina Pera. Read an interview with the author here.

              Monday, 8 p.m.
              The monthly meeting comes to order in the heart of Silicon Valley, a world center of leading-edge technology. Household names such as Google, Yahoo, Apple, YouTube, Netflix, and Hewlett-Packard dot this short stretch of coastal California between San Francisco and San Jose. In attendance this evening are software developers and computer scientists, some from these very companies.

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              Whats on tonights agenda? The Next Big Thing in high-tech? Not exactly. Not unless you have adult ADHD (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder). In that case, keeping track of your keys can be a very big thing indeed.

              Phillip*, 32, a talented software programmer with a beautiful smile and an engaging personality, begins: “Okay, Ive been practicing some of the suggestions we talked about last time for keeping track of my keys, and I cant believe how well theyre working.” No one snickers. No one rolls their eyes. Most people attending this support group for adults with ADHD chuckle and nod in agreement, relieved to hear someone speak openly about an embarrassing problem that they, too, have, or a problem similar to theirs.

              Make no mistake: Silicon Valley might be a worldwide magnet for people with ADHD, what with their stereotypical love of the new and novel. But even here, ADHD is not limited to young men who tinker in high-tech, and its challenges arent limited to lost keys. The people gathered tonight—male and female, professionals and blue-collar workers, teens and retirees, long-time locals and new immigrants from many different nations—find themselves dogged by a few or many of these other difficulties:

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              • Being chronically disorganized
              • Managing finances poorly
              • Losing their temper easily
              • Overspending, smoking, video gaming, and other addictions
              • Not being “present” in relationships

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              Don’t be deterred from considering annuities because of the bad rap that the kind called deferred variable annuities get or by people who say they hate annuities. As you approach retirement, you should consider certain kinds of annuities that pay you a lifetime paycheck, no matter how long you live, which protects you against outliving your money.

              That’s a valuable feature that many people need to keep in mind when planning for retirement.

              As you approach your retirement years, your focus should shift from investing and accumulating wealth to generating a lifetime retirement income. For these purposes, let’s distinguish between the situations when an annuity might not be appropriate and when it might be.

              When an annuity might not be appropriate

              Let’s say you’re retiring and don’t have very much retirement savings, say, less than $100,000. You might want to avoid annuities and instead use that savings as a cushion for emergencies and possibly to allow yourself to defer starting your Social Security benefits (a smart strategy than can improve your retirement security).

              On the other end of the spectrum, if you’re a successful investor who can live in retirement on the investment return from your savings without touching the principal, or with very modest withdrawals of principal, you may not need to buy an annuity to protect yourself against outliving your money. To be in this fortunate situation, you’d need a million or two in retirement savings.

              When an annuity might make sense

              In my opinion, retirees with roughly between $100,000 and $1 million in retirement savings are the people who should consider using a portion of that savings to purchase an annuity that provides a lifetime retirement paycheck. This savings range describes many middle-income retirees.

              One strategy that I like is to cover your basic, essential living expenses with a combination of Social Security, an employer pension if you have one and a competitively priced low-cost immediate annuity. That way, if you live a long time or the stock market crashes, you won’t need to move in with your children because you’ll still have income coming in.

              Then invest the remainder of your savings to cover your discretionary living expenses and fund a legacy, if that appeals to you.

              What types of annuities should you consider?

              Now let’s talk about a type of annuity that I love: a simple immediate annuity that pays a monthly paycheck no matter how long you live. It can be fixed in dollar amount or indexed for inflation, depending on your specific spending needs. It may go by the name “single premium immediate annuity,” or SPIA. Buy it as cheaply and transparently as possible through an annuity bidding service such as Income Solutions or ImmediateAnnuities.com.

              Another type of annuity I love is an employer-sponsored defined-benefit plan, either a traditional pension plan or a hybrid cash balance plan. These plans will also pay you a monthly retirement paycheck no matter how long you live. Employers operate these plans on a nonprofit basis for the sole benefit of their employees, and the terms are usually very cost-effective compared to any other similar retirement instrument.

              Some of these employer-sponsored plans offer a lump sum payment in lieu of the annuity. The bad rap that other types of annuities have received often misleads people into taking a lump sum from their retirement plan, thinking that if they get all their money upfront, they can invest and generate a higher retirement income.

              But that’s a shame, because it’s not usually the best move you can make. Some financial planners will also urge people to elect the lump sum and then invest it with them, capitalizing on the poor impressions that annuities may have. The high-priced, complex, poor performing deferred variable annuities really give all annuities a bad name.

              Other annuities to consider include longevity insurance, which starts your lifetime income at an advanced age, such as age 80 or 85. Until that age, you draw from other investments to replace your paycheck. You might also consider a deferred fixed annuity that delivers a fixed, lifetime retirement income in the near future. It’s a way to build a personal pension.

              By the way, the trade-off you often have to accept for the above valuable types of annuities is that at some point, your decision to purchase an annuity can become irrevocable — you won’t be able to change your mind and get all your money back. In my opinion, that’s an appropriate price to pay for receiving a guaranteed income that you can’t outlive.

              And it’s often the case that you can receive a higher retirement income with an immediate annuity, compared to other approaches to generating retirement income.

              You may be offered an annuity in your employer’s 401(k) plan that provides institutional price breaks and lets you withdraw your money after the income starts. These annuities usually go by the name “guaranteed lifetime withdrawal benefits” (GLWB), and they also deserve your consideration.

              As you can see, the situation regarding annuities is more nuanced than simple blanket statements about love and hate. Be sure to spend adequate time doing your research and shopping for an annuity that best fits your circumstances. It might take the same amount of time — or more — that you’d spend shopping for your next car.

              But which task is more critical to your retirement? Chances are good that you’ll find retirement income generators that will last as long as you do — and longer than your next car!

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              Should you join the people who hate annuities?

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              I constantly bump into people who say they hate annuities. I bet you have, too. You may have even noticed ads and stories by people who slam annuities.

              So, should you consider annuities for your retirement investments or not?

              From my perspective, the answer is “It depends on your situation and the type of annuity you plan to purchase.” Like almost any other product or service you might buy, you’ll find both good and not-so-good annuities. The fact is, annuities aren’t for everybody.

              Annuities are financial instruments that have many variations and go by many names, and each variation has its corresponding pros and cons, limitations and advantages. To determine if an annuity is a good fit for your retirement needs, you have to look beyond the general term “annuity” and learn about the specific features of various types of annuities.

              But before we dive deeper into the taxonomy of annuities, let’s consider an analogy. Suppose you heard someone say “I hate trucks.” Suppose further that when you asked the person for his reasons, he said trucks are big and noisy, cause pollution, get poor gas mileage and can mangle regular cars in accidents.

              While you might agree with those observations, nevertheless, you might remember that trucks come in many varieties, from small pickups to giant freight trucks that haul goods across the country. A truck may not be right for you, but in many situations the right kind of truck has its place.

              It’s the same with annuities. Certain types can be great tools for some people, while other types might be lousy deals. And some people might never need an annuity. You need to determine if there’s a type of annuity that can help improve your security in retirement.

              Many annuities are sold as investment vehicles for retirement savings, and their focus is on accumulating wealth. These annuities are often purchased many years before retirement, without focusing on exactly how you’ll use your assets in retirement. One common type is called a “deferred variable annuity,” and you’ll find a variety of stock and bond investments that underlie this annuity contract.

              Deferred variable annuities are typically sold with one or two angles:

              • Your principal is guaranteed not to drop, but you can participate in upside potential if markets do well. In other words, you can have your cake and eat it, too.
              • You can take advantage of a special tax advantage: You don’t pay income taxes on investment earnings until you withdraw any money from the annuity for retirement. Unlike deductible IRAs or 401(k) accounts, however, contributions to deferred variable annuities are usually not tax-deductible in the year you contribute.

              Many deferred variable annuities have high commissions, high expenses and poor performance. The contract features that provide floors on your investment losses also impose caps on your returns when markets do well, and the terms of these features can be quite complex.

              They can have high surrender charges if you want to withdraw your money soon after you invest in the annuity. Often you must meet certain requirements to receive the investment returns that you thought you’d receive from the marketing materials.

              And they’re often pitched by insurance salespeople who make high commissions on the sale of the annuity. It turns out that these are the types of annuities that many people say they hate.

              To protect yourself against purchasing this type of annuity, do the same thing you’d do if you were buying a car or a camera: Research your options to understand the different types of annuities, how they operate and when they’re appropriate. Ask salespeople about the charges for insurance and investment expenses, and how much they’ll be paid if you buy an annuity from them. If you don’t get a satisfactory answer that you understand, go elsewhere.

              This leads me to important advice: Go shopping, don’t be sold. Think about the investing goals that are important to you, learn the types of investments that can meet your goals and then go shopping for these investments, looking for the best-performing vehicles. Don’t be swayed by a salesperson with a persuasive pitch for a specific product.

              Another part of the “go shopping” advice means learning about the alternatives to deferred variable annuities when saving for your retirement. It turns out that some investing strategies use conventional stocks, bonds and mutual funds, and balance protection against losses while giving you upside potential. In addition, other retirement saving vehicles with tax advantages are better than deferred variable annuities.

              After considering the alternatives, if you still really like the idea of using deferred variable annuities, consider low-cost annuities from Fidelity Investments or Vanguard that don’t have the expensive and complex features that so many people hate.

              It’s a completely different situation when you’re approaching retirement and looking to generate reliable lifetime income. In this case, some annuities might meet your needs and are completely different animals from deferred variable annuities. They can go by the names “immediate fixed annuity,” “single premium immediate annuity,” “longevity insurance,” “guaranteed lifetime withdrawal benefit,” or “immediate variable annuity.”

              These can be excellent tools for generating a guaranteed source of lifetime retirement income, although once again you’ll have to sort through competitively priced and expensive versions of each one. Your job is to determine if any one is appropriate for you and to find the best way of buying such an annuity. Don’t be deterred from considering these annuities by the bad rap on deferred variable annuities and by the people who say they hate annuities.

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