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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

RSO: Mitchell, Abigail

Subject/Focus Area: Health and Medicine

Project Scope
A committee will comprehensively assess the quality, capacity, and access to mental health care services for veterans who served in the Armed Forces in Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, or Operation New Dawn (OEF/OIF/OND).  The committee will assess the spectrum of mental health services available across the entire U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The scope of this assessment will include analysis not only of the quality and capacity of mental health care services within the VA, but also barriers faced by patients in utilizing those services. Types of evidence to be considered by the committee in its assessment include relevant scientific literature and other documents, interviews with VA mental health professionals, survey data to be provided by VA, and results from surveys of veterans to be conducted independently by the committee. Site visits will be conducted to at least one VA medical center in each of 21 Veterans Integrated Service Networks (VISNs) across the country. In addition, the committee will hold an open meeting of experts to discuss the Secretary’s plan for the development and implementation of performance metrics and staffing guidance. The committee will provide a final report with recommendations to the Secretary of the VA regarding overcoming barriers and improving access to mental health care in the VA, as well as increasing effectiveness and efficiency.

The project is sponsored by the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The start date for the project is September 30, 2013. A report will be issued at the end of the project in approximately 54 months.

Project Duration: 54 months    

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Committee Membership
Committee Membership

 Meeting 1 - 11/21/2013
 Meeting 2 - 03/06/2014
 Meeting 3 - 06/05/2014
 Meeting 4 - 09/11/2014
 Meeting 5 - 12/04/2014
 Meeting 6 - 03/05/2015
 Meeting 7 - 06/04/2015
 Meeting 8 - 09/10/2015
 Meeting 9 - 12/03/2015
 Meeting 10 - 03/24/2016
 Meeting 11 - 06/10/2016
 Meeting 12 - 09/16/2016
 Meeting 13 - 12/01/2016
 Meeting 14 - 03/30/2017
 Meeting 15 - 05/31/2017
 Meeting 16 - 06/16/2017
 Meeting 17 - 07/11/2017


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