Behavioral Health Epidemiology

Behavioral Health Monitoring Branch

Last Updated: December 15, 2017

​The Behavioral Health Monitoring (BHM) branch is responsible for routine monitoring and reporting of behavioral health trends among Soldiers in the Army. BHM is co-located with satellite staff from the Defense Health Agency's (DHA) Health Surveillance Branch (HSB) to ensure collaboration of efforts and accomplish joint missions.

The BHM branch uses the Army Behavioral Health Integrated Data Environment (ABHIDE), a comprehensive, case-based suicide registry which contains data from 28 data sources to develop routine monitoring of suicidal behavior and answer requests for information (RFIs) from Army leaders. Access to the ABHIDE enables efficient, rapid, retrospective examinations of self-harm behaviors and the assessment of behavioral health-related co-morbidities such as posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, substance use disorder, domestic violence, and violent crimes.

On behalf of the Army and with assistance from BHM, DHA HSB manages the Army Department of Defense Suicide Event Report (DoDSER) Program as directed by the Secretary of Defense and Department of the Army. The team manages all DoDSER report completions related to suicide, suicide attempt, and suicidal ideation cases among Soldiers, and ensures data collection and submission compliance for the Army. Moreover, the team provides training and technical support to individual users throughout the Army on basic functions of the DoDSER software. The team ensures quality assurance, develops and maintains Army-level policies for DoDSER success, and serves as the point of contact for Army-level data requests. The team coordinates with the Defense Centers of Excellence/The National Center for Telehealth and Technology and the other military services' DoDSER program managers to improve reporting mechanisms and recommend process and content changes as needed.

Annual surveillance reports are produced by DHA HSB on behalf of the Army and with assistance from BSHOP's BHM branch – Surveillance of Suicidal Behavioral Publication (SSBP) and the Behavioral Health Risk Assessment Data Report (BH-RADR). In addition to these routine publications and their supplemental information products, BHM also produces ad-hoc and routine RFIs for Army leaders. For questions regarding the RFI process or RFI consideration, please email: usarmy.apg.medcom-aphc.list.eds-bshop-rfi@mail.mil.  

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