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Military Resiliency Program

Military Resiliency Program

Each day, active duty military members and their family cope with stressing issues such as deployment, general service demands, trauma and re-integration. This can compromise psychological wellness and/or create substance abuse problems for these brave men and women.

Military leaders and supervisors, along with the troops themselves, may be asking the question:
“Where do we go to seek help for these concerns?”

Emerald Coast Behavioral Hospital wants our active duty military service members to know that we are here for you. We are deeply dedicated to providing specialized behavioral health treatment for the brave men and women who serve in the United States Armed Forces. Our Military Resiliency Program provides structured, effective treatment in a specialized military environment. It is a place for service members to come for camaraderie, support, guidance, professional treatment and personal growth.

The Military Resiliency Program provides individualized treatment for Active, Reserve and National Guard service members on our 30-bed unit housing only service members. Our programming was designed exclusively to meet the unique needs of military service members facing various challenges, such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), comprehensive/complex trauma, substance-related and addictive disorders, acute mental disorders, dual-diagnosis and more.

The Military Resiliency Program helps facilitate trust, self-regulation, trauma awareness and integration utilizing various methods; including comprehensive assessments, medically monitored detoxification programs and individualized and group rehabilitative therapy. Service members are tended to 24 hours a day by our team of compassionate and highly trained professionals. Our dedicated staff on the Military Resiliency Unit (MRU) are either veterans themselves, military family members or spouses or have gone through extensive military culture training.

Treatment in the program includes a wide variety of therapeutic activities, including expressive therapy, art and music therapy, recreational therapy and yoga therapy. Our clinical staff employs some of the most up-to-date and research-based techniques. Evidence-based treatment modalities include:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Prolonged Exposure (PE)
  • Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)

For active duty service members, admission to the Military Resiliency Program is treated essentially as their temporary duty station. Patients on the MRU are assigned roommates according to rank and gender and are expected to adhere to physical training requirements. Patients in the Military Resiliency Program are provided additional physical training three days a week, instructed by a licensed mental health counselor/certified personal trainer, for functional and therapeutic training. We also have two gyms offering basketball courts as well as cardiovascular and weight training.

The Military Resiliency Program features a streamlined referral and admissions process; specialized military unit with gymnasium and workout equipment; comprehensive medication management that adheres to DoD formulary; and a collaborative relationship with open lines of communication between command, mental health clinic and facility clinicians. The MRU treatment team develops individualized treatment plans and provides daily treatment updates to the referring providers. We understand that a diagnosis can have serious implications, damage a military career or even end it entirely. Our clinicians will not change a diagnosis for any service member without first discussing the change with the referring provider and clinic at length.

Emerald Coast Behavioral Hospital prides our Military Resiliency Program on world class service excellence, effective communication and proper documentation. Administrative telephone numbers and emails are provided upon request, and we are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to address any needs or concerns. We happily open up our facility to referring providers and welcome command visits 365 days a year. The Military Resiliency Program also has two dedicated military liaisons to help facilitate appropriate and consistent communication between command and other referring providers, as well as streamline the referral process and handle any other specific needs or requests.

Communication includes regular patient updates via treatment team conference calls, progress notes sent to providers daily and coordination of care/participation of command in the discharge planning process. We do not discharge on Fridays, weekends, or holidays to ensure service members adhere to the requirements of a same date follow-up at the mental health clinic after an inpatient hospitalization.

For more information on the Military Resiliency Program, call Emerald Coast Behavioral Hospital at 850-763-0017. To speak directly with staff on the Military Resiliency Unit, call 850-532-6485.

Emerald Coast Behavioral Hospital also offers a Veteran’s Program, which is embedded within our open adult unit. Curriculum is tailored specifically to veterans’ issues and education, including accessing veteran-specific care upon discharging from the hospital. Veterans are evaluated upon admission by our clinical experts who will determine which program is best for the veteran. For additional information on our Veteran’s Program, visit our adult programs page.

Due to the longer length of stay for our Military Resiliency Program, we recommend bringing the following items with you:

  • ID/CAC card
  • Name, address and phone number of current and previous therapists and doctors, command, etc.
  • All prescribed and over-the-counter medication you are currently taking
  • Medical information regarding any allergies you have to medications, food or other sources
  • Comfortable clothing for one week (e.g., jeans, sweatpants, t-shirts, pajamas)
    *no strings or underwire allowed in clothing; slip-on shoes are recommended
  • Physical fitness clothing, including shoes (shoe strings are allowed in sneakers or tennis shoes. These items will be secured when not in use and checked in/out for physical training)
  • Light jacket or sweatshirt as unit temperature may be cool
  • Hygiene items/toiletries (these items will be secured when not in use and checked in/out for personal hygiene time)
  • Unopened cigarettes and/or chewing tobacco (please bring 3-4 weeks’ worth for your stay). Electronic cigarettes (e-cigs, vape pens) are not permitted
  • Appropriate reading material
  • Family pictures (no glass frames)
  • CPAP machine, if prescribed
  • Cell phones are authorized but will be secured

Emerald Coast Behavioral Hospital recommends that you leave all valuables at home. However, if you must have your valuables here at the facility during your hospitalization, those items will be inventoried in front of you and secured in the hospital safe during the admission process. Again, it is highly recommended that you leave valuables at home (purse, wallet, keys, money, credit/debit cards, etc.) because you will not have access to them during your stay. Your other belongings, such as clothing, medications and other personal items will be inventoried during the admission process. The hospital cannot be responsible for lost or missing items.
The safety of our patients is our top priority for us at Emerald Coast Behavioral Hospital. We hope any inconvenience caused by our safety protocols will be minimal.

If you have questions/concerns of what items are approved, please call the Military Resiliency Unit directly at 850-532-6485 for clarification prior to arriving to the facility.

In response to the present and growing need for high quality and intensive behavioral health services, Emerald Coast Behavioral Hospital has developed our Military Resiliency Program through our parent company’s Patriot Support Program network of treatment centers, support staff and medical professionals dedicated to treating active duty members of the military, veterans and their families. We are proud and honored to be part of this network of care. Click below to play a special message from Heisman Trophy winner and mental health advocate, Herschel Walker, who is also a Patriot Support Program spokesperson.

Emerald Coast Behavioral Hospital - Herschel Walker

Military Resiliency Program Contact Information:

Fast and effective communication is our top priority at Emerald Coast Behavioral Hospital. Direct contact information to the Military Resiliency Unit is available below for referring providers, command, installations, etc. to streamline the communication process to our Resiliency team: