Q1. What is an MHAT? How many have been conducted?
A1. The MHAT is a mental health advisory team that deploys to
the theater of operations (Iraq) to assess the mental and behavioral
health of deployed Soldiers; the quality of mental and behavioral
health care; access to this care; and to make recommendations
for changes to improve the mental health and mental health services
to our men and women who are deployed in support of GWOT. Four
have been conducted, three in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. The
Afghanistan MHAT is currently being staffed. What’s remarkable
and historical about the MHATs is that rather than waiting for
this war to end and examining these issues at that time, the US
Army and the AMEDD leadership have committed to providing the
best BH/MH care possible and have taken the initiative to deploy
these health care specialists into combat zones and to make improvements
as soon as possible to better serve our Soldiers.
Q2. What is the significance of MHATs?
A2. MHAT I and MHAT II collected data from Soldiers engaged
in direct combat and the units that supported the Brigade Combat
Teams (BCTs) were the focus of MHAT III. MHAT III also surveyed
and interviewed Soldiers engaged in advising and training Iraqi
forces. These Soldiers are assigned to the Multinational Security
Transition Command – Iraq (MNSTC-I). The unique aspect of
their training mission and the fact that many of these Soldiers
are serving in potentially high stress assignments warranted their
inclusion in this MHAT assessment.
Q3. When/where was MHAT III conducted? MHAT I and MHAT II?
A3. MHAT III was conducted in Iraq, 23 Oct – 23 Nov 2005.
MHAT II was conducted in Iraq, September and October 2004 and
MHAT I was conducted in Iraq, September and October 2003.