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The Deployment Stress Management Program (DSMP) develops resilience and provides effective preventive psychological health support; prevention, intervention, assessment, treatment, counseling, education and referral services to State Department and USAID personnel who have served in High Stress/High Threat posts. The DSMP provides services throughout the deployment cycle from pre-deployment to reintegration.

Promote and maintain the long-term health of Foreign Service Officers, USAID, Civil Servants, Department of State Employees, and their Family Members, USG employees serving overseas, and Locally Employed Staff. Provide education, consultation, assessment, treatment, counseling, and referral services. Develop and administer programs that promote positive psychological health, prevention, early identification, and treatment of mental health issues before, during, and after deployment to high stress, high threat tours.

1. Department of State employees who are experiencing psychological health problems subsequent to their service in high stress, high threat, danger pay assignments may contact their overseas Health Unit Foreign Service Medical Provider or RMO/P in their region for DSMP referral.

2. Any employee including Washington or U.S. based may also self refer in person, telephonically, (703-875-4828), or by email

3. During prevention/training or briefings, employees are advised that they can contact DSMP directly for confidential information, counseling, resilience building, or a diagnostic evaluation.

4. Any employee returned to the Washington area on MEDEVAC will have a MEDevac coordinator within Foreign Programs (for medical/surgical problems) or within Mental Health Services. If initial evaluation suggests that the employee has deployment-related psychological health problems, the MEDevac coordinator can request an evaluation and recommendation from the DSMP. If employee has PTSD, the employee will be offered treatment by DSMP. At the conclusion of therapy the employee will be referred to Mental Health Services for medical clearance determination for return to post and for follow up care.

5. Any employee may contact Employee Consultation Service (703-812-2257) for referral to DSMP.

Medical/Security Clearances: Treatment for PTSD is not a reportable mental health condition during DS security clearance process. Cognitive Behavioral/Prolonged Exposure therapy for PTSD has a treatment success rate of 70-90% and a change in medical clearance occurs only if the employee has ongoing difficulties.

Services Provided by DSMP:
Group pre & post deployment briefings
Individual pre & post deployment briefings (High Stress Assignment Outbrief)

Informational & Educational
Information and Referral Services
Educational Materials

Six Month Reintegration Program
Individual Consultation with Social Worker
Telephonic/VTC Consultation

Support Groups, Seminars & Workshops
Post Deployment Support Group
Meditation Practice groups
Sleep Solutions: Improve Your Sleep without Medication Seminar Series
Memory & Concentration
Stress Reduction & Conflict Resolution

Crisis management
Brief supportive therapies
Prolonged Exposure Therapy

-01/17/14   Deployment Stress Management Program Brochure


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