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MHS and MOS Town Hall: "To Your Health"

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Join us live on Tuesday, June 8 at noon ET, for the next Military Health System-Military OneSource Town Hall! Titled "To Your Health," we'll be joined by experts from the Hearing Center of Excellence and the Vision Center of Excellence to discuss the important topics of vision and hearing health. Dr. Theresa Schulz is the Chief of Prevention and Surveillance at HCE, and Colonel Mark Reynolds, U.S. Army, Chief, VCE. 

June is Vision and Hearing Loss Prevention and Protection Month. The DOD is committed to protecting the sensory health of service members. Healthy vision and hearing is vital to ensure service members are able to perform effectively, efficiently, and safely on and off duty.

Please also join us on June 22, 2021 for another COVID-19 Town Hall update!

Vision and Hearing Loss Protection and Prevention Month: Stay Sight and Sound Ready

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Policy

Establishes the DHA's procedures to set procedures, responsibilities, and implement guidance for administering the DHA RA Program in accordance with federal guidelines.

  • Identification #: 1020.01
  • Date: 11/2/2020
  • Type: Administrative Instructions
  • Topics: Disability Evaluation

Addendum to Guidance on the Establishment of Department of Defense Standardization for Ordering and Procurement of Hearing Devices Prostheses 13-006

Policy

This memorandum clarifies procedures relating to Health Affairs' "Guidance on the Establishment of Department of Defense Standardization for Ordering and Procurement of Hearing Devices/Prosthesis," dated August 15, 2013, which remains in effect.

DoD Instruction 6490.05: Maintenance of Psychological Health in Military Operations

Policy

This instruction establishes policy and assigns responsibilities in accordance with References (c), (d), and (e) for developing combat and operational stress control (COSC) programs within the Military Departments, the Combatant Commands, and joint Service operations.

  • Identification #: DoD Instruction 6490.05
  • Date: 10/2/2013
  • Type: Instructions
  • Topics: N/A

DoD Instruction 6490.15: Integration of Behavioral Health Personnel (BHP) Services Into Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Primary Care and Other Primary Care Service Settings

Policy

This instruction establishes policy, assigns responsibilities, and prescribes procedures for attainment of inter-Service standards for developing, initiating, and maintaining adult behavioral health services in primary care.

  • Identification #: DoD Instruction 6490.15
  • Date: 8/8/2013
  • Type: Instructions
  • Topics: N/A

DoD Instruction 6490.04: Mental Health Evaluations of Members of the Military Services

Policy

Reissues DoD Instruction 6490.4 (Reference (b)), establishing policy, assigning responsibilities, and prescribing procedures for the referral, evaluation, treatment, and medical and command management of Service members who may require assessment for mental health issues, psychiatric hospitalization, and risk of imminent or potential danger to self or others.

  • Identification #: DoD Instruction 6490.04
  • Date: 4/3/2013
  • Type: Instructions
  • Topics: N/A

Waiver of Restrictive Licensure and Privileging Procedures to Facilitate the Expansion of Telemedicine Services in the Military Health System 12-010

Policy

In order to facilitate the expansion of telemedicine services in the Military Health System, this memorandum waives selective provisions of Department of Defense 602S.13-R, "Clinical Quality Assurance in the Military Health System," June 11 , 2004. This waiver is conditioned on the specific provisions of this memorandum, and shall remain in effect, unless modified or revoked, until the cancellation and reissuance of DoD 602S.13-R, or the issuance of a Department of Defense Instruction for or including telemedicine.

DoD Instruction 6490.10: Continuity of Behavioral Health Care for Transferring and Transitioning Service Members

Policy

In accordance with the authority in Reference (a), this Instruction establishes policy for the Military Departments, assigns responsibilities, and prescribes guidelines for establishment of Military Department policy and procedures to ensure continuity of behavioral health (BH) care at the losing and gaining installations when Service members transition from one health care provider (HCP) to another when transferring to a new duty station or transitioning out of the Service.

  • Identification #: DoD Instruction 6490.10
  • Date: 3/26/2012
  • Type: Instructions
  • Topics: N/A

Planning for the Reform of the Governance of the Military Health System

Policy
  • Identification #: N/A
  • Date: 3/2/2012
  • Type: Guidelines
  • Topics: N/A

DoD Instruction 6490.08: Command Notification Requirements to Dispel Stigma in Providing Mental Health Care to Service Members

Policy

This instruction provides guidance for balance between patient confidentiality rights and the commander’s right to know for operation and risk management decisions.

  • Identification #: DoD Instruction 6490.08
  • Date: 8/17/2011
  • Type: Instructions
  • Topics: N/A

Mental Health Assessments for Members of the Armed Forces Deployed in Connection with a Contingency Operation

Policy

Policy Guidance for Deployment-Limiting Psychiatric Conditions and Medications

Policy

This policy provides guidance on deployment and continued service in a deployed environment for military personnel who experience psychiatric disorders and/or who are prescribed psychotropic medication.

HA 97-017: Policy for Post-Deployment Mental Health Screening in the Bosnian Theater

Policy

This memo describes a change in procedure for medical surveillance of U.S. forces deploying to Bosnia.

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