March 2014

SAMHSA hosted a Military and Veterans’ Families Implementation Academy for State teams across the country to learn about evidence-informed practices for military and veterans’ families and to provide the opportunity for teams to further expand components of existing strategic plans.


Flo Stein, Deputy Director of the NC Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services led a five-person team that included Diane Coffill, NC National Guard Family Programs; Kelly Henry, Blue Star Families Program; Ilario Pantano, Director of the NC Division of Veterans Affairs; and Wei Li Fang, Ph.D., Governor’s Institute on Substance Abuse. Team members participated in an orientation call, a pre-planning call, the academy, and a post-academy call. These efforts resulted in the decision to assess family strengths and challenges more fully, through focus groups and surveys, culminating in a statewide conference in March 2015.