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Partnership with the Mental Health Product Line. Kathy L. Henderson, MD Michael R. Kauth, PhD February 2011. South Central VA Health Care Network Mental Health Product Line Organizational Chart. Mental Health Product Line Advisory Council (MHPLAC). VISN 16 MHPLAC

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partnership with the mental health product line

Partnership with theMental Health Product Line

Kathy L. Henderson, MD

Michael R. Kauth, PhD

February 2011

mental health product line advisory council mhplac
Mental Health Product Line Advisory Council (MHPLAC)
    • Led by VISN 16 MHPL Manager
    • Composed of Key MH leaders from each facility
    • Chief of Staff, Social Work, Nurse Representatives
    • Medical Center Director Champion – Julie Catellier (New Orleans)
    • MIRECC Representative—Associate Director for Clinical Care (Pat Dubbert, PhD)
    • 18 Program Specific Workgroups
mental health programs
Mental Health Programs
  • Inpatient Psychiatry (Acute, Intermediate, STAR)
  • Mental Health Residential Treatment Program (Doms, RRTPs)
  • Ambulatory Mental Health
  • Mental Health Disaster Teams
  • Evidence-based Psychotherapies
  • Psychosocial Rehabilitation (CWT/SE, PRRCs)
  • Primary Care MH
  • Homeless Programs
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Telemental Health
  • MST
  • SUD
  • PTSD
mirecc s role with the mhplac
MIRECC’s Role with the MHPLAC
  • Works with all facilities and CBOCs
  • Addresses educational priorities/provides training identified by facilities
  • Communicates with providers thru newsletter, COP, individually
  • Engages CBOC providers in MIRECC mission
  • Assists with implementation of new clinical programs
  • Provides direction/consultation for clinical proposals and educational grants
  • Voting member of MHPLAC

President’s New Freedom Commission


VHA Comprehensive MH Strategic Plan 2004

Uniform MH Services Handbook





Zero Veteran Homelessness

Improve Veterans Mental Health

priorities for mhpl
Priorities for MHPL
  • Implement Uniform MH Services Handbook
  • Maintain mental health staffing enhancements
  • Increase access to specialty mental health services in rural areas
  • Expand technology
    • telemed, social networking, in home treatment
  • Review need for additional MH specialty/residential beds
    • Zero homelessness in 4 years
visn 16 mh clinical education priorities
VISN 16 MH Clinical Education Priorities

Only undertake initiatives that are supported by the MHPLAC (often directly related to UMHS Handbook implementation)

MIRECC survey of 10 medical center MH programs and their CBOCs:


  • Brief SUD interventions                      1. Motivation interviewing, general
  • DBT skills                                            2. Treating vets with PTSD and TBI
  • Motivational interviewing, general      3. Suicide prevention
  • SUD psychotherapy (CBT)                 4. Marital therapy/couples therapy
  • Suicide prevention                              5. Brief SUD interventions
update on past projects
Update on Past Projects


2. CBT in VA medical center and community clinics: An implementation pilot – 3 published papers

Kauth, M.R., Sullivan, G., Cully, J., & Blevins, D. (in press). Facilitating practice changes in mental health clinics: A guide for implementation development in health care systems. Psychological Services.

Kauth, M.R., Sullivan, G., Blevins, D., Cully, J.A., Said, Q., Teasdale, T.A., & Landes, R.D. (2010). Employing external facilitation to implement cognitive behavioral therapy in VA clinics: A pilot study. Implementation Science,

Cully, J.A., Teten, A.L., Benge, J., Sorocco, K.H., & Kauth, M.R. (2009). Multidisciplinary cognitive-behavioral therapy training for the VA primary care setting. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry: Primary Care Companion, 12(3), e1-e8.

selected new projects
Selected New Projects

Guide to VA Mental Health

Services for Veterans & Families

and in hardcopy

For veterans to know what services are

available where they live and to expect

such services

selected new projects1
Selected New Projects

Online Working with Couples Modules

Urgent clinical need by MHPLAC

  • Two workshops + consultation in 2009 (Houston, Little Rock) for 58 MH clinicians (40% from CBOCs)
  • MIRECC grant to produce 6 online modules + consultation in 2011; pilot with 80 MH clinicians
  • Goal = increase training reach

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selected new projects2
Selected New Projects

Promoting Telepsychotherapy

Urgent clinical need by MHPL

CBOC Needs Assessment found TeleHealth system underused

  • Team: Kauth, Greene (NCPTSD), Sorocco (OKC VA), Deen (LR VA), Smith (Wichita Falls CBOC)
  • Pilot with 13 therapists who will provide EB psychotherapy to 7 clinics
  • Assessment barriers and action to resolve + VTEL training with therapists + follow up
  • Goal = reduce clinician anxiety; increase comfort; speed implementation
selected new projects3
Selected New Projects

TBI Assessment Modules

Urgent clinical need by MHPLAC

  • Basics of good TBI assessment
  • Goal = increase training reach

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