National Guard Behavioral Health Working Group Bestows 2021 Behavioral Health Innovation Award to MAJ Mark Fleming, Ph.D.
Awarded for exceptional innovation and implementation of programs that improve behavioral healthcare for soldiers and families
August 2021 — The National Guard Behavioral Health Working Group recently awarded the 2021 Behavioral Health Innovation Award to MAJ Mark Fleming, Ph.D. of the 110th MEB and a Regional Vice President with Universal Health Services. The award is given for “exceptional innovation and implementation of programs improving behavioral healthcare for Soldiers and families of the Army National Guard.”
MAJ Fleming has been deployed with the 110th MEB since October 2020. In his role as the Brigade Behavioral Health Officer in Charge, he created a comprehensive, modernized and holistic approach to behavioral healthcare. His “Deployment Psychology in a Box” is an integrated approach that includes psychoeducation, behavioral health assessment and evaluation, psychological training, tele-psychology, collaborations with the Air Force and Navy and interactive use of technology.
MAJ Fleming accepted the award on behalf of his entire Brigade whom he says was integral in supporting the efforts of the behavioral health team in ensuring the behavioral health needs of all Soldiers on the mission were met. He further thanked his colleagues at Universal Health Services for providing motivation through their Patriot Support Program and inspiration via their Innovation Hub.
MAJ Fleming was quoted as saying “When it comes to preventing suicide and maintaining the emotional health of the Force, we all, military and civilian, must stand in solidarity and remain united for the cause.”
This is MAJ Fleming’s second time winning this prestigious award. He was presented the 2018 Behavioral Health Innovation Award for a Suicide Prevention Program he created for the Missouri Army National Guard.
Congratulations, MAJ Fleming.