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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
June 5, 2014 - June 6, 2014
Keck Center
500 5th Street, NW
Washington D.C. 20001

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


June 5, 2014
Keck Center of the National Academies, Room 206
500 Fifth Street, NW
Washington, DC

1:00 pm EDT Welcome and Chair’s statement
Alicia Carriquiry, Committee Chair

1:15 National Center for PTSD: Research and education initiatives relevant to OEF/OIF/OND Veterans
Paula Schnurr, Acting Executive Director, VA National Center for PTSD; and Research Professor of Psychiatry, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

1:45 Overview of program evaluation activities for OEF Veterans with PTSD in the VHA system
Rani Hoff, Director, VA Northeast Program Evaluation Center (NEPEC)

2:15 VA Mid-Atlantic (VISN 6) Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC): Overview of activities relevant to mental health services for OEF/OIF/OND Veterans
John A. Fairbank, Director, VISN 6 MIRECC at the Durham VA Medical Center; and Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University

2:45 Mental Health Evaluation Activities of the VA Program Evaluation and Resource Center
Jodie Trafton, Director, VA Program Evaluation and Resource Center (PERC), VA Office of Mental Health Operations (via phone)

3:15 Break

3:30 American Legion's Veteran mental health updates
Warren Goldstein, Assistant Director for TBI and PTSD Programs, National Veteran Affairs and Rehabilitation Commission, The American Legion

3:45 Building a 21st Century VA: Challenges to meeting the mental health needs of the newest generation of Veterans
Jacqueline Maffucci, Research Director, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America

4:00 Effectively accessing community-based mental health
Peter J. Duffy, Colonel, US Army (Ret), Director of Legislation, The National Guard Association of the United States

4:15 The DOD/VA disconnect: Making the transition from warrior to civilian–and healing the invisible wounds of war
Joy Ilem, Deputy National Legislative Director, Disabled American Veterans

4:30 The story of Daniel Somers
Howard B. Somers and Jean D. Somers (via phone)

4:45 Public comments

5:15 Adjourn public meeting

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
Dennis Donovan
Susan Eisen
Constantine Gatsonis
Robert Gresen
Steven Heeringa
Thomas Horvath (via phone)
John Klocek
Richard Kulka
Bruce Link
Susan Paddock
Deborah Padgett
Bethany Phoenix
Robert Santos
Jeanette South-Paul
Thanh Tran
Peter Yellowlees

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:
At this meeting, the committee reviewed and discussed the proposals submitted in response to a request for proposals issued by the Academies for the site visit and survey tasks.

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. Sec. 726 of the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2013 (mandates the current study)
5. Project schedule
6. Draft report outline
7. Summary information about the literature search conducted in April 2014
8. Biosketches for the public meeting speakers
9. Draft write-up on screening, assessment, and treatment of mental health conditions in the VA
10. Proposals submitted in response to a request for proposals (RFP) issued by the Academies for the site visit and survey tasks, and the RFP.

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary: June 6, 2014