ABSTRACT

VA Mental Health Care: Improvements Needed in Tracking and Overseeing Partnerships with Nongovernmental Entities, Report to Congressional Committees   [open pdf - 908KB]

From the Highlights: "Many veterans struggle with mental health conditions, several of which are risk factors for suicide. VA [Department of Veterans Affairs] reported that almost two-thirds of veterans that died by suicide in 2019 did not receive VHA [Veterans Health Administration] services in 2018 or 2019. VA partners with a variety of entities, such as non-profits or academic institutions, through formal agreements aimed at expanding awareness of and access to suicide prevention activities and mental health services, in part to reach veterans not receiving VHA services. The Veterans' Care Quality Transparency Act contained a provision for GAO [Government Accountability Office] to review VA's agreements with non-VA entities that are related to suicide prevention activities and mental health services. This report examines (1) how VA tracks such agreements with nongovernmental entities across the department, and (2) how VA oversees individual agreements."

Report Number:
GAO-22-104674
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Date:
2022-01
Copyright:
Public Domain
Retrieved From:
Government Accountability Office: http://www.gao.gov/
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pdf
Media Type:
application/pdf
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