The Naval Center for Combat & Operational Stress Control (NCCOSC) optimizes force psychological readiness through development, aggregation, and dissemination of best practices and innovations in primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention of psychological injury and disease.
Cmdr. Jeffrey Millegan
Cmdr. Jean Fisak
The Navy and Marine Corps’ premier center for psychological force readiness.
The Naval Center for Combat & Operational Stress Control (NCCOSC) improves the psychological health of Sailors and Marines through comprehensive programs that educate service members, decrease stigma, build resilience, aid research and promote best practices in the treatment of combat & operational stress injuries. NCCOSC initiatives are innovative, informed by science and provide measurable wide reaching results.
What NCCOSC Provides
Navy Behavioral Health Data Portal (Navy BHDP)
Navy BHDP is a web-based system that, at specific time intervals, collects, tracks, and displays patient assessment data, including demographics, current mental health symptoms via outcome measures, military information, and deployment history. Mental health providers, case managers, staff and leadership access assessment data as a tool to answer a variety of clinical and patient care questions, resulting in a proactive and comprehensive approach to mental health care.
Caregiver Occupational Stress Control (CgOSC)
CgOSC is a Navy Medicine initiative to establish a standardized program designed to promote peer-to-peer intervention, bolster the resilience of caregivers, and promote early recognition and intervention of caregivers in distress to maintain mission and personal readiness. It is intended to support increased job satisfaction, higher retention, and increased caregiver preparedness for operational and occupational demands. CgOSC aims to enhance the mission readiness of Navy health care providers by supporting the prevention of stress-related caregiver injury and illness, and supporting their ability to render safe, quality patient care.
Annual Combat & Operational Stress Control (COSC) Symposium
A one day symposium to provide education on the most important issues and latest best practices involved in combat & operational stress. Attendance is offered in-person and online.
Save the Date: August 2, 2017, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
Since 2010, the COSC symposium has been the venue for bestowing the Peabody Caregiver award to the Navy and Marine Corps medical communities. The Peabody Caregiver Award spotlights the compassion and concern of caregivers in helping patients. The Peabody Award is presented to a health care provider who has demonstrated competent mental health skills, values, attitudes and behaviors that exemplify compassionate concern and caring for patients.
Operational Mental Health
NCCOSC works with the growing community of operational embedded mental health providers to develop clinical, operational and business best practices in an operational setting.
Disaster Mental Health
NCCOSC leads efforts to standardize clinical best practices for the Special Psychiatric Rapid Intervention Team (SPRINT) and overall disaster mental health response by Navy and Marine Corps mental health assets.
Psychological Science & Analytics
To ensure military psychological health is informed by science and evidence-based practice is advanced, NCCOSC analyzes data and disseminates results in the areas of prevention, identification, and treatment of psychological stress illness and injury. NCCOSC also serves as experts for the assessment and promotion of psychological health in the Navy.
Current efforts include:
- - Survival Evasion Resistance and Escape Study
- - CgOSC and USNS MERCY
- - Mind Body Medicine
- - Navy Psychologist and Psychiatric Nurse Surveys
- - NMCSD Staff Wellness Surveillance
- - The Overcoming Adversity and Stress Injury Support 300
- - ShipShape and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
- - Hyper-realistic Training for Fleet Surgical Teams
Through collaborative and consistently innovative methodologies, NCCOSC strives to develop cutting edge programs to address resilience and readiness to increase human performance to meet mission demands. Current efforts include CgOSC and SRTS, Building and Preserving Individual Resilience and NavyFit.
Navy Operational Stress Control Subject Matter Expert
NCCOSC provides guidance and expertise regarding Navy policy and programs that affect operational stress control throughout the enterprise.
Informative newsletter: “Research Update”