Statewide Advocacy for Veterans' Empowerment (SAVE)
The fundamental principle of the SAVE program is to advocate for veterans who are not able to obtain the benefits they have earned due to institutional or personal barriers. The program's primary mission is prevention of suicide and mental health distress by identifying issues facing veterans when they return from service and proactively providing them with access to benefits and services that may address these issues and they assist veterans in a positive transition back to civilian life. SAVE acts as a liaison between veterans and their families and the various agencies within federal and state government.
Strategic Outreach for Families of All Reservists (SOFAR)
SOFAR is a pro bono, mental health project that provides free psychological support, psychotherapy, psychoeducation and prevention services to extended family of reserve and national guard deployed during the Global War on Terrorism from time of alert through the period of reunion and reintegration.
The Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) Suicide Prevention Program
The VA has developed a program on the national and local levels, placing a Suicide Prevention Coordinator (SPC) at every one of its 153 nationwide medical centers. These coordinators are responsible for the suicide prevention program at each center. This includes providing treatment, tracking, care coordination and case management to veterans, as well as consultation with and education for all VA staff about suicide risk, prevention, and treatment.
There are three SPCs located at Massachusetts' VA Medical Centers:
- Boston VA (Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury and Brockton Campuses): Meredith Powers-Lupo, LICSW (857) 364-4940 and Chris Young, LICSW (774) 826-1526
- Bedford: Brenda Kline, LICSW (781) 687-2000, Ext. 5680
- Northampton: Ted Olejnik, LICSW (413) 584-4040, Ext. 2112