The highly stressful conditions of military life (including the traumatic conditions of war) come with many challenges that can be harmful to mental and physical well-being. Service members face stressors such as deployment, combat, separation from family and friends, death of fellow service members, as well as dealing with behavioral and physical conditions. Additionally, the non-military spouse/significant other and family members face stressors such as adjusting to the service member’s deployment, frequent re-assignments, irregular schedules/routines, and living far away from family and friends.
The following materials are made available for the purpose of reducing the occurrence of behavioral health symptoms and disorders experienced among TRICARE beneficiaries:
These tools are made available to aid the identification and diagnosis of behavioral health conditions among TRICARE beneficiaries.
The following screening tools are recommendations provided by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs to support the detection of behavioral health conditions in primary care settings:
The following TRICARE guides and resources will support you in providing care, managing your practice and working with us:
For additional information about the TRICARE benefit and policies, please review the latest editions of the TRICARE manuals.
The Veteran’s Health Administration (VHA) and Department of Defense (DoD) strive to use evidence-based treatments for behavioral health conditions through the use of clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) and clinical support tools. This section contains the CPGs for the common behavioral health conditions and the corresponding clinical support tools.
As outlined in the TRICARE Policy Manual, Chapter 7, Section 3.11, 3.7 – the following standardized measures are required at treatment baseline, at 60-120 day intervals, and at discharge across all behavioral health settings (outpatient, inpatient, partial hospitalization, Residential Treatment Centers (RTCs), and Substance Use Disorder Rehabilitation Facilities (SUDRFs), for the corresponding diagnoses:
PTSD Checklist (PCL) - the following items were created by staff at VA's National Center for PTSD:
Our behavioral health team is committed to supporting the mental and physical health and well-being of TRICARE beneficiaries. We recognize the unique needs of this population, and we are ready to do our part to ensure providers have the information and resources necessary to deliver the appropriate level of care at the right time.
Together, we can improve the quality, cost, and outcomes of behavioral healthcare for beneficiaries. Explore this section of the site for information about the following:
Explore brochures, fact sheets, handouts, and other educational materials for beneficiaries.
Learn about screening tools, tips and advice to support early identification and diagnosis.
Enrollment in EFMP ensures that family members' documented medical and educational needs receive consideration during the assignment coordination process. Through the EFMP Family Support office, families can receive assistance with navigating military and community systems of support.
To enroll in the EFMP, active duty service members must obtain paperwork from the EFMP medical point of contact at their local military treatment facility. Find your service branch’s EFMP representative by visiting the installation program directory
The forms for enrollment are:
After the appropriate medical or educational provider completes the forms, they go back to the EFMP medical point of contact.
For more information, please see the EFMP quick reference guide
ECHO provides supplemental services to Active Duty Family Members (ADFMs) with qualifying mental or physical disabilities. ECHO offers integrated services and supplies beyond those offered by your TRICARE program option (such as TRICARE Prime and TRICARE Select).
To enroll in the EFMP, ADSMs must obtain paperwork from the EFMP medical point of contact at their local military treatment facility. Find your service branch’s EFMP representative by visiting the installation program directory
Each beneficiary obtaining ECHO and associated program benefits is assigned to a case manager who will assist in coordinating care with the PCM.
To receive TRICARE ECHO benefit authorization, all eligible beneficiaries must:
If you need help with ECHO benefits or want to see if you qualify, please contact your regional contractor or visit tricare.mil/echo
TRICARE's CACD program covers Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) for all TRICARE beneficiaries diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
To receive care through CACD, all eligible beneficiaries must:
The Autism Center of Excellence (CoE) is designed to give beneficiaries and providers a place to access accurate and timely information about ASD. The content is maintained by our behavioral health team and includes information about ASD best practices, research, support and training, and the TRICARE ASD benefit. Our hope is that this tool may be useful for you and that it supports our overall effort to improve the quality and cost of healthcare for military families whose lives are touched by ASD.
Find key information and materials to support your practice.
The following educational opportunities are designed to offer information and facilitate discussion on a variety of behavioral health topics relevant to the military community.
PTSD Consultation Program (services offered by the VA) 866.948.7880 | PTSDconsult@va.gov
When using the self-service portal to submit requests for one of the following services, please use the appropriate checklist to ensure that all necessary clinical information is included with your request:
Note: Please attach the required supporting documentation when submitting authorization requests and referrals using self-service.
**TRICARE referrals or prior authorization requests may be submitted online, by fax, or by telephone. Providers are encouraged to submit TRICARE authorization requests and referrals through self-service when possible, as it reduces processing time and increases efficiency.