Evaluating the VA’s Mental Health Services – New Report Jan. 31

Approximately 4 million U.S. service members took part in the recent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.  In response to concerns about the health care experience of these veterans who may have mental health conditions, Congress required that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs enter into an agreement with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine for a study. 

A new congressionally mandated report from the National Academies, the result of that study, comprehensively assesses the quality, capacity, and access to mental health care services for veterans who served in these wars.  The report identifies barriers faced by veterans in utilizing those services and makes recommendations to improve access to and quality of services.

Advance copies of Evaluation of the Department of Veterans Affairs Mental Health Services will be available to reporters only beginning at noon EST on Tuesday, Jan. 30.  The report is embargoed and not for public release before 11 a.m. EST on Wednesday, Jan. 31.  To obtain an embargoed copy of the report, reporters should contact the National Academies’ Office of News and Public Information; tel. 202-334-2138 or email news@nas.edu.  Join the conversation on social media using #VAmentalhealthcare.