The Overcoming Adversity and Stress Injury Support (OASIS) Program located at Naval Medical Center San Diego is now accepting new patients. The residential program is designed to help active-duty service members coping with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) secondary to combat/operationally-related trauma. Navy Lt. Cmdr. (Dr.) Erin Simmons, division officer of OASIS describes the program in a recent Deployment Health Clinical Center blog post.
Do you have active-duty patients who require more intensive PTSD treatment than you can provide? Have you had patients complain that they couldn’t do treatment assignments because of work or home responsibilities, despite sincere motivation? Do you have PTSD patients who are resistant to psychotherapy groups because the other patients “won’t understand” them? Have you had patients who required residential PTSD treatment but whose command wouldn’t approve a Temporary Assigned Duty (TAD) to a civilian facility?
The OASIS program at Naval Medical Center San Diego may be the answer.
Trauma-focused treatment for PTSD is offered at just about every military treatment facility and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facility at some level, whether it is outpatient appointments or groups, intensive outpatient programs, psychoeducational classes, or crisis intervention encounters or admissions. Residential PTSD treatment is offered at several VA and private facilities nationwide. However, a gap in care remains. VA programs often don’t accept active-duty service members, and private sector programs are expensive, often far from the service member’s duty station, and generally unfamiliar with military-specific needs with regard to dispositioning, medication management, and future realities involving safety, social support, and financial stability.
For more information on the OASIS program, read the full blog post. If you have a patient who may be a good fit for OASIS, contact the OASIS Administration Office at 619-524-9605 or the Division Officer at 619-553-0704.