Signature Drive for TriCare and DOD

By E. C. Hurley, DMin, LMFT

As a Tricare and Military OneSource provider I want these agencies, along with the Department of Defense (DOD), to know of the efficacy of EMDR and recognize it as an effective treatment model.  Since they did not authorize payment for EMDR I must provide EMDR treatment outside their network.  However, in doing so, I plan to have the soldiers and spouses who are treated with EMDR to sign a document indicating the helpfulness of EMDR to them, along with requesting these agencies to accept EMDR as a treatment modality with payment for these services.

I believe the strongest move toward getting EMDR accepted by these agencies will be at the request of military personnel and their families in submitting documentation with requests to these agencies.  When a spouse tells me that EMDR has given her husband back – the way he was before going to Iraq, I want that documented and sent to the appropriate POC at DOD and Tricare.  Other clinicians may have similar ideas/approaches – I would appreciate hearing from you.

E. C. Hurley, DMin, LMFT
Chaplain (COL), USA (Retired)
Director, Soldier-Center
EMDRIA Approved Consultant

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The EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) is a professional association where EMDR practitioners and EMDR researchers seek the highest standards for the clinical use of EMDR. EMDR is an accepted psychotherapy by leading mental health organizations throughout the world for the treatment of a variety of symptoms and conditions. This website provides information to the greater EMDR community including clinicians, researchers, and the public that our members serve.

2 thoughts on “Signature Drive for TriCare and DOD

  1. Today I started looking and calling around for places where my husband can go through EMDR for PTSD. It’s pathetic that Tricare is nearly the ONLY health care provider that doesn’t recognize EMDR as an effective psychotheraputic treatment. So, upon calling a few certified EMDR providers, I found out that the local VA (Nashville) has a few doctors that do EMDR there and that VA recognizes it as an effective treatment. So, good news if anyone seeking this treatment is a veteran…bad news for anyone else who desperately needs it and is on Tricare. What a screwy system! Please let me know if you are getting anywhere with Tricare!

  2. I’m also a therapist in the Clarksville area that sees the benefit of EMDR for PTSD. I too was surprised that TriCare does not cover this very beneficial therapy. It was good to heard that atleast VA covers this service. I hope it will not be long before TriCare and DOD understand the importance of having this needed therapy covered for our active military soldiers.

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