Community Clergy Training Program to Support Rural Veterans Mental Health (CCTP)


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Sponsoring Organization

Veterans Health Administration (VHA)


Provides training and resources to clergy members, spiritual leaders, and faith communities in rural areas on the various mental health issues faced by veterans, including issues linked to addiction and substance abuse. Offers education on the resources and services available to support veterans and their family members.

What This Program Offers

CCTP can provide:

  • Assistance with planning and coordinating in-person training to increase the awareness of veterans' healthcare needs, including combat and military service-related health concerns
  • Training for clergy members on how to become a resource for rural veterans and how to make referrals to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) or community healthcare facility and appropriate resources
  • Education for clergy members on helping rural veterans adjust back to their families and communities and on forming a network of support for veterans, military members, and their family members
  • Information describing civilian and military culture clashes

Who Can Receive Services from This Program

Eligible participants who can receive training include:

  • Chaplains
  • Clergy members
  • Behavioral health professionals
  • Other partners and organizations supporting veterans in rural communities

Geographic Coverage



There is no application process for participation.

For more information on becoming a CCTP Partner in your area contact:

Chaplain Juliana Lesher

Topics This Program Addresses

Health and Wellness • Mental Health • Veterans