TRICARE extends web-based counseling

American Forces Press Service

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — The TRICARE Assistance Program has been extended through March 20, 2012. This demonstration program lets active-duty service members and their families’ beneficiaries use the Internet and a webcam to speak face-to-face with mental health counselors 24/7 from any location in the U.S.

The extension allows more time to measure the effectiveness of TRIAP, improving beneficiary access to behavioral health care by incorporating Web-based technology.

TRIAP, which launched Aug. 1, 2009, is a Web-based videoconferencing program that provides short-term, solution-focused, non-medical counseling for situations resulting from commonly occurring life circumstances such as deployment stress, relationships, personal loss and parent-child communications.

All TRIAP services are provided on a one-to-one basis, in the context of a confidential relationship, with a licensed professional. TRIAP services are available in the U.S. to active-duty service members, active-duty family members (children must be age 18 or older), beneficiaries using TRICARE Reserve Select and beneficiaries covered under the Transitional Assistance Management Program.