The Virtual Specialty Care QUERI Program is comparing implementation strategies through telemedicine outreach for PTSD to increase Veterans' access to PTSD services.
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VA's Center for Integrated Health Care, located in Canandaigua, New York, is dedicated to advancing research, education, and clinical consultation to enhance the integration of mental health and primary care services for Veterans.
The Center of Excellence for Suicide Prevention, also located in Canandaigua, integrates surveillance with intervention development to inform the implementation of effective suicide prevention strategies for Veterans.
More than 1.7 million Veterans received treatment in a VA mental health specialty program in fiscal year 2018.
VA offers a wide range of mental health services to Veterans.
The department's Center for Mental Healthcare and Outcomes Research, in North Little Rock, Arkansas, conducts research to improve access to and engagement in evidence-based mental health and substance use care.
The Brain Rehabilitation Research Center, in Gainesville, Florida, develops and tests treatments to substantially improve or restore motor, cognitive, and emotional functions that have been impaired by neurologic disease or injury.
Mental health services are available in VA's mental health specialty clinics, primary care clinics, nursing homes, and residential care facilities.
At most of VA's larger primary care venues, VA now integrates mental health staff into Patient Aligned Care Teams (PACTs), allowing those care teams to provide services for depression, anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and substance use without needing a separate consult with mental health providers outside of the PACT clinic area.