NAVY SAFE HARBOR

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SUBJ/NAVY SAFE HARBOR//

RMKS/ 1. OUR SAILORS MAKE ENORMOUS SACRIFICES TO SERVE THEIR COUNTRY AND TO 
SUPPORT THE NAVY'S MISSION.  IT IS A COVENANT OF LEADERSHIP THAT WE SHOULD IN 
TURN GIVE 100 PERCENT OF OUR SUPPORT WHEN THEY BECOME WOUNDED, ILL, OR 
INJURED.  I WANT TO HIGHLIGHT ONE OF OUR BEST INITIATIVES, NAVY SAFE HARBOR.

2.  NAVY SAFE HARBOR IS THE LEAD ORGANIZATION FOR PROVIDING NON-MEDICAL CARE 
TO SERIOUSLY WOUNDED, ILL, AND INJURED SAILORS, COAST GUARDSMEN, AND THEIR 
FAMILIES.  THROUGH PROACTIVE LEADERSHIP, SAFE HARBOR PROVIDES A LIFETIME OF 
INDIVIDUALLY-TAILORED ASSISTANCE DESIGNED TO OPTIMIZE THE SUCCESS OF OUR 
SHIPMATES' RECOVERY, REHABILITATION, AND REINTEGRATION ACTIVITIES. IT IS 
INCUMBENT UPON NAVY LEADERS TO ENSURE THAT WOUNDED WARRIORS ARE REFERRED TO 
SAFE HARBOR FOR HELP AND TO SUPPORT THEM WITH THEIR RECOVERY AND RETURN TO A 
HEALTHY, PRODUCTIVE LIFE.

3.  NAVY MEDICINE HAS LONG PROVIDED WORLD-CLASS MEDICAL CARE TO WOUNDED, ILL, 
AND INJURED SERVICE MEMBERS AND THEIR FAMILIES.  TO EXTEND THAT STANDARD OF 
CARE BEYOND MEDICAL TREATMENT, NAVY SAFE HARBOR SUPPORTS SAILORS, GUARDIANS 
AND THEIR FAMILIES BY PROVIDING NON-MEDICAL CARE MANAGEMENT.  SAFE HARBOR 
COLLABORATES WITH ORGANIZATIONS WITHIN AND OUTSIDE OF THE NAVY TO ADDRESS PAY 
AND PERSONNEL ISSUES, INVITATIONAL TRAVEL ORDERS FOR CAREGIVERS, HOUSING AND 
LODGING ARRANGEMENTS, CHILD AND YOUTH PROGRAMS, RECREATION AND LEISURE 
PROGRAMS, TRANSPORTATION NEEDS, LEGAL AND GUARDIANSHIP ISSUES, EDUCATION AND 
TRAINING BENEFITS, COMMISSARY AND EXCHANGE ACCESS, RESPITE CARE, TRAUMATIC 
BRAIN INJURY AND POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER SUPPORT SERVICES, AND MUCH 
MORE.

4.  SAFE HARBOR MILITARY AND CIVILIAN FIELD STAFF ARE AT THE FOLLOWING 
LOCATIONS AND PROVIDE REGIONAL COVERAGE:
A.  NAVY MEDICINE FACILITIES:  NATIONAL NAVAL MEDICAL CENTER-BETHESDA, NAVAL 
MEDICAL CENTER (NMC) PORTSMOUTH, NMC SAN DIEGO, NAVAL HOSPITAL (NAVHOSP) CAMP 
LEJEUNE, NAVHOSP JACKSONVILLE, NAVHOSP BREMERTON, NAVAL-VA HOSPITAL GREAT 
LAKES, AND NAVAL HEALTH CLINIC NEW ENGLAND.
B.  VETERANS HEALTH ADMINISTRATION FACILITIES:  SAFE HARBOR CARE MANAGERS ARE 
ASSIGNED AT JAMES A. HALLEY VA POLYTRAUMA CENTER - TAMPA, FL, AND THE VA 
POLYTRAUMA CENTER - PALO ALTO, CA. CARE MANAGERS FROM NMC PORTSMOUTH COVER THE 
RICHMOND VA POLYTRAUMA CENTER AND THE CARE MANAGER AT GREAT LAKES COVERS THE 
MINNEAPOLIS VA POLYTRAUMA CENTER.
C.  OTHER FACILITIES:  SAFE HARBOR HAS CARE MANAGERS ASSIGNED TO BROOKE ARMY 
MEDICAL CENTER IN SAN ANTONIO AND AT NAVAL BASES NORFOLK AND SAN DIEGO.

5.  ELIGIBILITY FOR ENROLLMENT IS EXTENDED TO ALL SERIOUSLY WOUNDED, ILL, AND 
INJURED SAILORS, GUARDIANS, AND THEIR FAMILIES (TO INCLUDE OPERATIONS ENDURING 
FREEDOM AND IRAQI FREEDOM CASUALTIES; ON OR OFF-DUTY ACCIDENTS (E.G., MOTOR 
VEHICLE ACCIDENTS); OR OTHER SERIOUS ILLNESSES (PHYSICAL OR PSYCHOLOGICAL)).  
IF A MEMBER DOES NOT MEET SAFE HARBOR ENROLLMENT CRITERIA, MEMBER WILL BE 
PROVIDED A REFERRAL OR INFORMATION TO ADDRESS THEIR ISSUE. ENROLLMENT IS 
VOLUNTARY AND MEMBERS ARE ENROLLED FOR AS LONG AS NECESSARY. THERE ARE 
MULTIPLE ACCESS POINTS FOR REFERRAL TO THE PROGRAM, INCLUDING THE
FOLLOWING:
A.  A MEMBER MAY SELF-REFER TO SAFE HARBOR 24/7 BY CALLING TOLL-FREE
1-877-746-8563 OR SENDING AN E-MAIL TO SAFEHARBOR(AT)NAVY.MIL.
B.  A COMMAND GENERATED PERSONNEL CASUALTY REPORT VIA THE DEFENSE CASUALTY 
INFORMATION PROGRAM SYSTEM (DCIPS).
C.  NAVY MEDICINE MEDICAL CARE CASE MANAGERS AND OTHER SERVICE MEDICAL CARE 
MANAGERS MAY CONTACT SAFE HARBOR DIRECTLY.
D.  THE MEMBER'S COMMAND LEADERSHIP MAY CONTACT SAFE HARBOR.

6.  NAVY SAFE HARBOR'S GOAL IS TO RETURN SAILORS AND GUARDIANS TO DUTY; WHEN 
THIS IS NOT POSSIBLE, SAFE HARBOR WILL WORK COLLABORATIVELY WITH FEDERAL 
AGENCIES INCLUDING THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS, DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, 
AND STATE AND LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS TO ENSURE SUCCESSFUL CAREER TRANSITION AND 
INTEGRATION OF SAILORS, GUARDIANS, AND THEIR FAMILIES BACK INTO THEIR 
COMMUNITIES.

7.  AS LEADERS WE HAVE TO BE AWARE OF OUR SAILORS' ISSUES AND THEIR FAMILIES'
ISSUES, BEING ESPECIALLY VIGILANT OF DEPLOYMENT RELATED PROBLEMS.  WORK WITH 
YOUR SAILORS TO GET THEM THE NECESSARY CARE AND SUPPORT THEY HAVE EARNED.  IT 
IS A RESPONSIBILITY OF COVENANT LEADERSHIP, AND SAFE HARBOR IS THERE TO HELP.

8.  FOR MORE INFORMATION ON SAFE HARBOR, VISIT THE SAFE HARBOR WEBSITE AT 
HTTP:\\WWW.SAFEHARBOR.NAVY.MIL.  SAILORS AND GUARDIANS AND FAMILIES CAN ALSO 
FOLLOW THE SAFE HARBOR PROGRAM ON FACEBOOK AND TWITTER.

9.  POINT OF CONTACT:  CAPT KEY WATKINS, NAVY SAFE HARBOR, AT (703) 695-
0982/DSN 225 OR EMAIL AT SAFEHARBOR(AT)NAVY.MIL.

10.  VICE CHIEF SENDS.//

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