Building Relationships with Local Communities

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The VA provides 1741 domestic medical facilities with some degree of mental health and/or primary care provided to veterans and qualifying family members. Eight conditions are targeted in Mental Health, but not Alzheimer's. However, screening for dementia is offered, so could be a tapped as a source of recruitment for research. A cursory review of the attached report appears to include any efforts aimed at a large population of American Veterans, the elderly Korea war or Vietnam war Veterans.

 

The Interagency Task Force on Military and Veterans Mental Health 2016 ANNUAL REPORT (attached) reports on results of President Obama's 2012 Executive Order 13625 includes 1.) enhancing access to mental health care by building partnerships between VA and community providers and 2.) and increasing the number of VA mental health providers serving our Veterans and 3.) promoting mental health research and development of more effective treatment methodologies. Results of the research and mental health to date may be considered for incorporation into the knowledge base and data base resulting from research designed for this effort.

 

The report makes recommendations for Joint Clinical and Outcome Measures and Community Partnerships and lists dozens of associated reports in the resources appendix.The report identifies 6 Core measures and each Department is undertaking development of necessary systems and information technology (IT) infrastructure to support collection and storage of the core set of mental health metrics to facilitate analysis of cross-sectional and longitudinal clinical outcome data. It identities the Completion of 24 pilot programs in nine states to strengthen partnerships between VA and community providers. VA has made progress on Joint development and promulgation of web-based resources and training materials for community providers. This Research could possibly tap into this effort to include Alzheimer's Research.

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