Defense Health Care: DOD Expanded Telehealth for Mental Health Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic [open pdf - 688KB]
From the Document: "To describe the information DOD provided to mental health providers and servicemembers to help cope with the potential mental health impacts of the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic, we reviewed DOD's COVID-19 clinic guidance, materials from DOD research entities, and other related resources compiled by military service officials. For both objectives we interviewed officials from DHA [Defense Health Agency], and from each of the military services--Army, Navy, Air Force, and the Marine Corps--as well as officials from the military reserves and the National Guard. This report focuses on active duty servicemembers. In addition, we provide information on mental health care for reserve component servicemembers during the pandemic in enclosure I. We conducted this performance audit from April 2021 through February 2022 in accordance with generally accepted government auditing standards. Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain sufficient, appropriate evidence to provide a reasonable basis for our findings and conclusions based on our audit objectives. We believe that the evidence obtained provides a reasonable basis for our findings and conclusions based on our audit objectives."
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