The Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA) Center for Development of Security Excellence (CDSE) is highlighting May 2022 as Mental Health Awareness Month and developed some statistical and informational products to help security clearance holders understand they do not need to fear losing their security clearance if they seek assistance
The number of background investigations with psychological or mental health issues continue to rise and DoD personnel security adjudicators are having to collaborate with mental health professionals to evaluate the information. DoD’s Consolidated Adjudication Facility (DoD CAF) has staff psychologists available to consult with adjudicators and help review assessments completed
There is much discussion on the forum about whether or not counseling or taking medication for a mental illness would prevent you from obtaining or holding a security clearance. Myths continue to permeate and cause those needing help to hesitate in seeking it out for fear of losing their eligibility.
There’s no doubt that 10 years of persistent conflict have had a profound impact on the lives of those serving in the military. For years stigma surrounding mental health made service members hesitant to seek help. But with so many coming home alive – but with the unseen scars of