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Rocky Mountain Short Takes on Suicide Prevention:
The VA/Clergy Partnership for Rural Veterans with Chaplain Steve Sullivan
3 December 2019
For part 4 of our Moral Injury series Georgia Gerard interviews Chaplain Steve Sullivan about how he helped create the VA/Clergy Partnership for Rural Veterans. This partnership brings together community clergy, mental health providers, and others to help veterans gain access to both VA and community care and support. Steve worked to establish six ongoing VA/Clergy "community action boards" (CABs) in rural sites throughout Arkansas. He also served as Implementation Lead for the VA Community Clergy Training Program from 2016 to 2019. Steve has served as a hospital and VA chaplain for the last 15 years. Steve currently works as the "Community Coordinator" for VA Mental Health and Chaplaincy in Durham, NC and serves as co-leader of their "Collaborating in Care: Ministry and Mental Health" trainings.
Sullivan, S., Pyne, J.M., Cheney, A.M., Hunt, J., Haynes, T.F., Sullivan, G. (2014). The pew versus the couch: relationship between mental health and faith communities and lessons learned from a VA/clergy partnership project. Journal of Religion and Health, 53(4): 1267-1282.
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