Tool Kit for Preparedness

It is vital for you to know what resources are available to assist you in supporting your family. In this section, you will be introduced to those resources and provided contact information for each.

I NEED HELP!

Where do I go?     What can I do?

  • Everyday Stress
  • Relationships
  • Finances
  • Parenting
  • Marital Problems
  • Abuse
  • Alcohol/Drug Problems
  • Mental Health Issues
  • Suicidal Thoughts
  • Sexual Assault

The (Integrated Delivery System) IDS Team Helping Agencies are here to help!

            Whether it is everyday issues, financial problems, feelings of depression, marital problems, sexual assault, deployment, parenting, alcohol/drug problems, mental health issues, or suicide, we are here to provide assistance and services to help you navigate these stressful and difficult issues.

All of us are dedicated to maintaining mission readiness and helping our Airmen and their families fulfill their potential and maintain their ability to contribute to the important mission of the US military.

The IDS Team’s objective is to address these issues before they affect careers, the mission, and families in a negative way.

Because of this, we will do what we can within our abilities to help you prevent career impacting issues and help you recover from setbacks that may come about from these issues.

The main thing you need to know is that we are here to help and we cannot help you until you contact us and ask for assistance. Please see our list of helping agencies and call the numbers for more information.

Will getting help for a problem affect my spouse’s military career?

            For the vast majority of problems, there will be no effect on your career whatsoever. Actually, getting help can many times lead to improved functioning that can translate into better performance, advancement of your career, and increased happiness at home. What is important to remember is that getting help is not what negatively affects your career; it is bad choices and behavior.

Getting arrested for a DUI will have a negative impact on your career, but seeking help with an alcohol problem before a DUI or getting treatment after a DUI can potentially save a career. In the long run, it is always better to get help before bad choices hurt others, your family, and career.

We ALL have problems from time to time and it is OK to seek help for those problems. Doing so shows you are proactive in getting healthy, and can protect your career in the long run. Not getting help when having problems leads to increased stress and MORE PROBLEMS. This is a cycle that worsens over time and can potentially lead to substance abuse, arrest, end of AF career, or worse if something is not done to resolve the issues.

97% of those that come to Mental Health have ZERO career impact; however, there are a few categories of problems that can potentially have an impact on your career. These all relate to mission readiness and their influence on your ability to do your job such as: intent to commit suicide and/or homicide; breaking the law/UCMJ; inflicting domestic violence and child abuse; certain medical and mental health conditions; and unresolved substance abuse.

Where can I get help?

Airman and Family Readiness Center

Supportive Classes and Groups

  • Quality of life and financial issues
  • Deployment Issues
  • EFMP resources

Military and Family Life Consultant/Counselor

  • Help with everyday stress and problems
  • No records kept
  • Adult and Child Youth Behavior Counselors

Mental Health Clinic/Family Advocacy Program (Active Duty)

  • Mental Health Services
  • Psychological Testing
  • Supportive Classes and Groups
  • Deployment Related Concerns

New Parent Support Program

  • Support and resources for pregnancy and parents of children under 3.

Health and Wellness Center (HAWC)

  • Wellness education: fitness, nutrition, tobacco cessation, and more

Chaplains

  • 100% confidentiality
  • Spiritual Guidance/Counseling

Downtown through Tricare (Dependents)

  • Mental Health Services
  • Any services not available on base

ADAPT Program (Active Duty)

  • Drug and Alcohol Assessment, Treatment, and Prevention

Sexual Assault Response Coordinator

  • Recovery and confidential assistance after an assault or abuse

Rapid City Crisis Care Center

  • Short-term (less than 24 hours) crisis intervention for adults-mental health and  substance abuse

What about confidentiality?

In the Mental Health Clinic, by law, your confidentiality will be upheld and never broken without your consent, except for safety issues such as homicidal/suicidal thoughts, abuse, breaking the law/ UCMJ, and when the Commander needs to know due to fitness for duty impact. These are issues that need immediate intervention to assure the safety of the person and others. They keep separate records for clients so that confidentiality can be maintained and sensitive information is not included in the general medical file. While Mental Health appointments are noted in the medical record, there is no detailed information included.

To maintain a higher level of safety and confidentiality, it is best to get help before an issue becomes a bigger problem. For prevention services such as Anger Management, Stress Management,

Parenting Classes, Relationship Classes, etc., no documentation is put into the medical records, and no one is ever contacted regarding your services. Many issues can be dealt with through education, and it is a good place to start when confidentiality is important.

100% confidentiality is available through the Chaplains for spiritual guidance / counseling and through the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator for Active Duty personnel who have been sexually assaulted.

In addition, the Military and Family Life Consultants/Counselors and Military OneSource are other great resources for counseling on everyday life stress without records being produced.

Helping Agencies and Key Phone Numbers

  • After Hours Medical Group On-Call Primary Care Provider 605-385-6700
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline   800-273-8255
  • Rapid City Crisis Care Center   605-391-4863
  • Military & Family Life Consultant/Counselor (MFLC)
    • ADULT   605-351-6931
    • CHILD YOUTH BEHAVIOR   605-351-7002
  • Family Advocacy Office (open 0730-1630)   605-385-3660
  • Health and Wellness Center (HAWC)   605-385-2349
  • Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC)   605-385-7272
  • Command Post   605-385-3800
  • TRICARE/United Healthcare   877-988-9378
  • Department of Social Services   605-394-2224
  • Rapid City Police Department   605-394-4131
  • Meade County Sheriff Department   605-640-6649
  • Mental Health Clinic   605-385-3556
  • Family Advocacy Office 605-351-3660
  • New Parent Support Program   605-385-3150
  • Health and Wellness Center (HAWC) 605-385-2349
  • Base Chapel   605-385-1598
  • Sexual Assault Crisis Line   605-341-2046
  • School Liaison Officer (SLO)   605-385-1381
  • Airman & Family Readiness Center (http://ellsworthafrc.org)   605-385-4663
  • Family Health Clinic   605-385-6700
  • Department of Social Services 605-394-2224
  • Security Forces 605-385-4001
  • Rapid City Police Department 605-394-4131
  • Pennington County Sheriff Department   605-394-2151
  • Meade County Sheriff Department 605-640-6649
  • Working Against Violence, Inc. (WAVI)   605-341-3292
  • Sexual Assault Crisis Line 605-341-2046
  • Domestic Violence Crisis Line   605-341-4808 Toll Free Number 800-716-9284
  • Military OneSource   (http://www.militaryonesource.com)   800-707-5784