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VA Mental Health Services: We’re Not Your Father’s VA Anymore!. Steve Holliday, Ph.D, ABPP-CN Chief Mental Health Officer Substance Abuse Coordinator Veterans Administration, VISN 17. VISN 17. Covers 4 VA Health Care Systems along IH-35 from Brownsville to Dallas

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va mental health services we re not your father s va anymore

VA Mental Health Services:We’re Not Your Father’s VA Anymore!

Steve Holliday, Ph.D, ABPP-CN

Chief Mental Health Officer

Substance Abuse Coordinator

Veterans Administration, VISN 17

visn 17
  • Covers 4 VA Health Care Systems along IH-35 from Brownsville to Dallas
    • North Texas HCS (Dallas & Ft. Worth)
    • Central Texas HCS (Waco/Temple/Austin)
    • South Texas HCS (San Antonio & Kerrville)
    • Valley/Costal Bend HCS (Harlingen, Laredo, & CC)
  • VISN 16 – Houston & East Texas
  • VISN 17 – El Paso & West Texas
justice involved veterans
Justice-Involved Veterans
  • Conference Yesterday
  • VA Prison Re-Entry Program
    • State/Federal Prisons
    • Enrolling Eligible Veterans
    • Appointments for Care After Release
    • Case Management until connected
  • Veterans Justice Outreach Program
    • County/Local Jails Re-Entry Outreach
    • Liaison with local Veterans Courts
    • Educate local Law Enforcement/Others
eligibility issues
Eligibility Issues
  • Not Eligible for VA Care while Incarcerated
    • Except for brief outreach visits
  • OEF/OIF Vets have full eligibility for 5 years
  • Must have Honorable or General D/C
    • Bad D/Cs can be upgraded
  • Served >180 days or Service-connected
  • Co-Pays at Higher Incomes Unless SC
mh levels of care
MH Levels of Care
  • Outpatient Mental Health Clinics
  • Acute Inpatient MH Services
  • Residential Rehabilitation Programs
    • Domiciliary (Doms)
    • Homeless , PTSD, SUD RRTPs
  • Community-based MH Specialty Care
    • PTSD/MST
    • MHICM Teams
    • Homeless Programs
    • Vocational Programs
    • Telehealth & Home Health
new initiatives
New Initiatives
  • Mental Health Uniform Services Mandate
  • Mental Health in Primary Care
  • Psychosocial Recovery & Rehabilitation
  • Telemental Health Services
  • Evidence-Based MH Therapies
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Ending Homelessness
  • Electronic Medical Record
  • Performance Measures to Improve Quality
outpatient mh clinics
Outpatient MH Clinics
  • Routine Outpatient MH Care
  • MH Case Management
  • Psychotropic Medications
  • Evidence-based Psychotherapies for
    • Depression
    • Mild PTSD/Anxiety Disorders
    • Psychosis
    • Marital/Couples’ Counseling
substance abuse treatment
Substance Abuse Treatment
  • Building Motivation/Education in PCC & MHCs
  • Outpatient SUD Program
  • Intensive Outpatient SUD Program
  • SARRTP (28 Day Residential)
  • SUD Tracks in Doms (90-Day Residential)
  • Buproprion/Methadone Programs
  • Inpatient/Outpatient DETOX
homeless programs
Homeless Programs
  • Ending Homelessness in 5 years!
  • Health Care for Homeless Veterans
  • Contact Emergency Shelters
  • Homeless Domiciliaries
  • Grant and Per Diem Transitional Housing
  • HUD/VASH Vouchers (10,000 more coming)
  • Emergency Cash Assistance to prevent Homelessness
vocational rehabilitation
Vocational Rehabilitation
  • VBA Educational Benefits (30%+ SC)
  • Incentive Therapy (IT)
  • Compensated Work Therapy (CWT)
  • Supported Community Employment
  • Job Search Assistance
  • Assistance with VA/SSDI Claims (VSOs)
  • Volunteer Positions
mh uniform services plan
MH Uniform Services Plan
  • Based on President’s MH Commission
  • Supports Recovery Model
  • Emphasis on MH/PCC and Suicide Prevention
  • Mandates Core MH Services at Each Site
  • Standardized MH Care Throughout USA
  • Significantly Enhanced MH Staff/Capacity
  • Mandates Evidence-Based MH Services
  • Tracks MH Outcomes and Staffing
mh in primary care
MH in Primary Care
  • Co-located Mental Health in Primary Care
    • Reduces Stigma for Seeking MH Care
    • Rapid Access for MH Screening/Services
    • Treatment for Mild MH issues
      • Adjustment Issues/Life Stress
      • Uncomplicated Depression & Anxiety D/Os
      • Harm Reduction/ME for SUDs
    • Referral to MHC/Specialized Tx Programs
      • Up to 80% of Cases Managed in PCC
  • Healthy Behaviors/Disease Mgmt
rehabilitation recovery model
Rehabilitation/Recovery Model
  • Recovery is possible for everyone (even SMI)
  • It’s the Vet’s Recovery Plan; Not the Doc’s
    • Uses Understandable Language
    • Based on Vet’s Strengths, Goals
    • Peer Counselors/Technicians as Role Models
  • Include Consumers in MH Planning/Mgmt
  • Meaningful Work is the Best Therapy
  • Building Support Systems in the Community
  • Educating to Reduce Stigma/Facility Recovery Coordinators
tele health services
Tele Health Services
  • Telemental Health Services
    • EBTs from the Hospitals to Remote Clinics
    • Cross coverage for Smaller MHCs
    • “Health Buddies” to Monitor SMI at Home
    • Home-based Videophones for Highly Rural
    • Reduces Barriers of Distance & Stigma
  • Future Directions
    • Anonymous Chat Rooms (Suicide Hot Line)
    • Peer Support Networks
    • Secure Email with MH Providers
suicide prevention
Suicide Prevention
  • National Suicide Hotline 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
    • Staffed by Trained MH Providers 24/7
    • Over 3000 Rescues in Past Year
    • Arrange for Immediate Help
    • Live Hand Off to Local VA Facilities for F/U
  • Facility Suicide Prevention Coordinators
    • Suicide Risk Assessments
    • Maintains List of High Risk Patients/Chart Flags
    • Develops/Implements Suicide Safety Plans
    • Investigates Attempts/Completed Suicides
    • Educates Staff and Community
evidence based therapy
Evidence-Based Therapy
  • Evidence-Based Psychotherapy
    • PE/CPT/ACT for PTSD
    • CBT for Depression
    • SUD – ME, 12-SFT, New Medications
    • Couples/Marital Therapy
    • SST and MHICM for SMI
  • National Training Program in EBTs
    • One-week intensive workshop (national experts)
    • 6-12 Months of weekly case supervision
    • Train the Trainer Model for future staff
  • Monitor Use for fidelity to EBTs (CPRS)
electronic medical record
Electronic Medical Record
  • Follows Veterans Across Sites/Locations of Care
  • Digital X-Rays, Consults, Meds, Lab, etc.
  • Flags High-Risk Conditions
  • Clinical Reminders for Better Care
      • MH Screening and Requires F/U
      • Smoking Cessation
      • Obesity
      • Diabetes
      • Hypertension
  • Tracks Quality of Care through Performance Ms
  • Integration with DoD Medical Records Planned
ending homelessness
Ending Homelessness!
  • Secretaries 5-Year Plan – $3.2 Billion
  • From 160K to ZERO Homeless Vets!
  • Enhanced Existing Homeless Services
    • 10,000 New HUD-VASH Vouchers this Year
    • Enhanced VA SUD and MH Capacity
    • Enhanced RRTP/Doms & Contract Beds
    • Enhanced Jail/Prison Diversion & Outreach
  • New Initiatives/Services
    • Homeless Hot Line
    • Emergency Funding to Prevent Homelessness
oef oif resources
OEF/OIF Resources
    • On Line Searchable Database
    • Texas MH, Job, Education, Emergency Services
    • Eligibility Tool Under Development
  • 211 Texas
    • Just Dial 211
    • 24/7 Information Line
    • Services for Vets/Active Duty
  • Vet Centers
    • Storefront locations, walk-in service
    • Veteran and Family Counseling
    • GWAT Outreach Staff
the best care anywhere
The Best Care Anywhere

By Phillip Longman

Ten years ago, veterans hospitals were dangerous, dirty, and scandal-ridden. Today, they're producing the highest quality care in the country. Their turnaround points the way toward solving America's health-care crisis.

Washington Monthly, 2006

the best medical care in the u s
The Best Medical Care in the U.S.

The VA uses the data gathered in its computers to pinpoint problem areas, such as medication errors. The network also allows it to track how closely the medical staff is following evidence-based treatment and monitor deficiencies. Such tracking pays off. When Rand did an extensive study comparing quality of care at the VA with private-sector hospitals, it found that performance measurement played an important role in helping the VA score higher in every category except acute care, where it came in about even.

Business Week, 2006

va medical system earns high customer satisfaction ratings
VA medical system earns high customer satisfaction ratings

Good news about government is rare enough. What's outright shocking is when that good news is about how nice government employees are. But that is the bottom line of the recently released American Customer Satisfaction Index report on the Department of Veterans Affairs' medical system.

Not only do veterans rate their VA care much higher overall than the general population rates its hospital experiences, vets also consistently give VA doctors and nurses high scores for "responsiveness" (83 out of a possible 100), courtesy (90), and "respect and dignity afforded patients" (91).

National Journal February 10, 2006

va from worst to first
VA: From Worst to First!
  • Moving from Hospitals to the Community
  • CPRS & Performance Measures
    • Improved Access to Care
    • Improved Quality of Care & Outcomes
    • Improved Cost Effectiveness
    • Improved Patient Satisfaction
  • Holding VA Staff Accountable
    • Managers’ Performance Plans
    • Providers Performance Plans/Incentive Pay
next steps
Next Steps…
  • Contact your VISN MH Lead
    • VISN 16:
    • VISN 17:
    • VISN 18:
  • Meet your local VJO and Re-Entry Specialist
  • Work with you local MHMR Jail Diversion Committee!
  • Work to Establish Veterans’ Courts
  • Ask you clients if they are vets and give us a chance to help!