Alcohol and substance misuse continue to be significant issues within the military. Below is a list of impactful reports relating to substance misuse and substance use disorders. A more comprehensive list of the Military Health System (MHS) strategies along with pertinent DoD policies can be found in the Strategy and Policy section.
- Psychosocial Interventions for Mental and Substance Use Disorders: A Framework for Establishing Evidence-Based Standards (2015)
- With the aim of improving psychosocial outcomes, this Institute of Medicine (IOM) report conceptualized a comprehensive framework to strengthen the implementation and sustained consistent use of evidence-based interventions.
- Substance Use Disorders in the U.S. Armed Forces (2012)
- An IOM report examining the misuse and abuse of alcohol and other drugs in the U.S. military in the context of recent wars.
- Update to the Comprehensive Plan on Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Substance Use Disorders (SUDs) and Disposition of Substance Use Offenders in the Armed Forces (2013)
- A report to Congress outlining review and assessment of the Department of Defense's (DoD) substance use disorder (SUD) programs and policies and the comprehensive plan for the improvement and enhancement of programs and policies.
- Prevention, Diagnosis, Treatment and Management of Substance Use Disorders in the U.S. Armed Forces (2012)
- A study conducted by the IOM as mandated by the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010.
- Executive Order 13625 Improving Access to Mental Health Services for Veterans, Service Members, and Military Families:
- This order directs the secretaries of the Departments of Defense, Health and Human Services, Education, Veterans Affairs, and Homeland Security to expand suicide prevention strategies and take steps to meet the current and future demand for mental health and substance abuse treatment services for veterans, service members, and their families.
- Joint Fact Sheet: DoD and VA Take New Steps to Support the Mental Health Needs of Service Members and Veterans
- Outlines the 19 executive actions DoD and VA will take to improve mental health services including expanded access to opiate overdose reversal kits and provide opportunities for service members, veterans, and their families to give back unwanted medications.
- Cross-Agency Priority Goal (CAPG) on Service Members and Veterans Mental Health
- The aim of this CAPG is to identify and build on effective programs and initiatives that reduce barriers to seeking care, enhancing access and improving the quality of mental health care, and to support innovative research on mental health and substance use care and treatment for service members, veterans and their families; includes priority action to enhance integration of mental health and substance use care into primary care.