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Project Title: Evaluation of the Department of Veterans Affairs Mental Health Services

PIN: IOM-BSP-13-03         

Major Unit:
Health and Medicine Division

Sub Unit:
Board on Health Care Services
Committee on National Statistics

Mitchell, Abigail

Subject/Focus Area:
Health and Medicine

Evaluation of the Department of Veterans Affairs Mental Health Services
March 6, 2014 - March 7, 2014
National Academy of Sciences Building
2101 Constitution NW
Washington D.C. 20148

If you would like to attend the sessions of this meeting that are open
to the public or need more information please contact:

Contact Name: Joe Goodman
Phone: 202-334-3414


This meeting was closed in its entirety.

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Meeting

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the meeting:
Alicia Carriquiry (Chair)
F. Jay Breidt (via phone)
Susan Eisen
Constantine Gatsonis (via phone)
Robert Gresen
Steven Heeringa
Thomas Horvath
John Klocek
Richard Kulka
Bruce Link
Susan Paddock
Deborah Padgett (via phone)
Bethany Phoenix
Jeanette South-Paul
Thanh Tran
Peter Yellowlees

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:
The committee discussed the requests for proposals (RFPs) for three tasks that are part of the statement of task for this study:
1. The conduct of a survey of VA-eligible veterans who do not use the VA system for mental health care.
2. Analysis of VA-conducted surveys on patient and provider satisfaction of mental health services.
3. The conduct of site visits to VA facilities to assess mental health services.

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:
1. Meeting agenda
2. Committee roster
3. Statement of task
4. Project schedule
5. Section 726 of the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2013
6. VA semi-annual report on Transparency in Mental Health Care Services (December, 2013)
7. Template for National Academies' RFPs and tentative schedule for issuing the RFPs for this study
8. VA instruments for surveying patients who use mental health services and mental health providers
9. VA Draft report on FY 2012 site visits (May 7, 2013) and supplementary site visit document
10. List of mental health programs available at each VA medical center and descriptions of each program
11. Locations of VA medical centers, community clinics, and vet centers in each Veteran Integrated Service Network (VISN)
12. List of VA medical centers suggested by VA for site visits
13. List of possible questions suggested by VA for site visits
14. GAO. (October, 2011). VA Mental Health: Number of Veterans Receiving Care, Barriers Faced, and Effors to Increase Access. Report to the Ranking Member, Committee on Veterans' Affairs, House of Representatives. GAO-12-12.
15. Elbogen et al. (2013). Are Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Using Mental Health Services? New Data from a National Random-Sample Survey. Psychiatric Services. 64(2):134-141.
16. Seal et al. (2010). VA Mental Health Services Utilization in Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans in the First Year of Receiving New Mental Diagnosis. Journal of Traumatic Stress. 23(1):5-16.
17. VA. (January, 2014). Analysis of VA Health Care Utilization among OEF, OIF, and OND Veterans. Cumulative from 1st Quarter FY 2002 through 4th Quarter FY 2013.
18. VA. (January, 2014). Report on VA Facility Specific OEF, OIF, OND Veterans Diagnosed with Potential or Provisional PTSD.Cumulative from 1st Quarter FY 2002 through 4th Quarter FY 2013.
19. Watkins et al. 2011. Veterans Health Administration Mental Health Program Evaluation: Capstone Report. The RAND Corporation and Altarum Institute. (The three supporting technical documents also were included.)

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary: March 10, 2014