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Supporting military families: The Child, Adolescent and Family Behavioral Health Office

As part of an upcoming report on military families, Need to Know visited several organizations across the country supporting the families of military service members. The full story will air on Need to Know this Friday, September 9. Check your local listings for more information.

A retired Army Major General, Eric T. Olson is the director of strategic communication for the Child, Adolescent, and Family Behavioral Health Office (CAF-BHO), which manages and develops several programs supporting military kids and families for the Army.

Based on Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma, Wash., CAF-BHO runs a program called the Child and Family Assistance Center, which provides integrated and walk-in services on base for child and family behavioral health care. The CAF-BHO also administers a program that embeds child psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers in schools on Army bases. Although the programs are fairly new — getting underway in early 2010 –- there are about 20 programs currently operating at virtually all of the large Army installations that often deploy soldiers.