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An IOM committee will comprehensively assess the quality, capacity, and access to mental health care services for veterans who served in the Armed Forces in Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, or Operation New Dawn (OEF/OIF/OND). The IOM committee will assess the spectrum of mental health services available across the entire US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The scope of this assessment will include analysis not only of the quality and capacity of mental health care services within the VA, but also barriers faced by patients in utilizing those services. Types of evidence to be considered by the IOM committee in its assessment include relevant scientific literature and other documents, interviews with VA mental health professionals, survey data to be provided by the VA, and results from surveys of veterans to be conducted independently by the committee. Site visits will be conducted to at least one VA medical center in each of 21 Veterans Integrated Service Networks across the country. In addition, the committee will hold an open meeting of experts to discuss the Secretary’s plan for the development and implementation of performance metrics and staffing guidance. The committee will provide a final report with recommendations to the Secretary of the VA regarding overcoming barriers and improving access to mental health care in the VA, as well as increasing effectiveness and efficiency.
Dr. Jonathan Woodson | Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs
November 08, 2013
Dr. Jonathan Woodson, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, issued the following statement in commemoration of Veterans Day.
As we head into the Veterans Day weekend, I know that we all work every single day of the year in an organization that honors and serves those in uniform and those who have previously served our nation. This coming Monday, the nation will take time to also acknowledge the service and sacrifices of our veterans.
There are over 22 million veterans in our country, and regardless of when, where or for how long they served, we are grateful that these men and women raised their right hand to protect and defend the Constitution. There will be plenty of speeches and ceremonies this weekend to express thanks. I just want to add my own small thank you to every veteran — to include those still serving — within the Military Health System.
And I also want to ask all of you in the organization to continue to strive for how we can even better honor and assist veterans in the coming year. In 2014, the size of our veteran population will increase as combat operations in Afghanistan draw to an end and the overall size of our active military force begins to get smaller.
In the coming weeks and months, we need to reflect on what these changes in our force structure and size will demand from us. We need to continue to break new ground in partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs and in partnership with our civilian colleagues in ways that facilitate care transitions and in ways that best use our collective capabilities to both train our workforce and treat our shared population in a more integrated way.
Caring and serving our veterans is a profound responsibility and moral obligation. I remain grateful for the professional excellence and personal compassion that you bring to this mission every day.
Happy Veterans Day.
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