Programs and Services
What is Community-Based Care?
Community-based care is a collection of services provided by local community organizations which complement the resources provided by government. The strength of community-based care for veterans (and for any population) is that it is holistic. When done well, it can reduce both barriers to access and stigma for those who need and use services. It also recognizes the unique character of each community, allowing a tailored system that meets the needs in that particular place and time. It is fiscally sound because it uses existing community resources. Lastly, it can serve the dual purposes of providing easily accessible care while educating and engaging the larger community. A community-based care approach makes even more sense for veterans and their families now that most do not live on or near traditional military installations.
From A Blueprint for Serving Veterans & Families, Veterans Outreach Center, Inc., Rochester, NY