Advance Knowledge and Address Gaps in Access to and Engagement in Evidence-Based Mental Healthcare
On Aug. 31, 2012, President Obama's Executive Order, "Improving Access to Mental Health Services for Veterans, Service Members, and Military Families," called for additional VA mental health (MH) providers, community outreach, and MH research—highlighting the importance of CeMHOR's ongoing and proposed research. There are gaps in Veterans' perceived and actual access to mental healthcare, as well as gaps in scientific knowledge about how to improve dimensions of access that matter most to Veterans. Similarly, there is insufficient engagement in evidence-based mental healthcare, and incomplete knowledge about how to improve engagement to achieve a therapeutic effect. CeMHOR's research activities will address these gaps, advance knowledge, and have rapid impact on VA healthcare. Activities to accomplish these goals include:
Improving access to and engagement in evidence-based mental healthcare in primary care settings;
Improving access to and engagement in evidence-based services in specialty mental healthcare settings; and
Activities that will improve access to and engagement in evidence-based mental healthcare through community-based interventions, including "digital outreach."
Each COIN works closely with operational partners throughout the VA healthcare system. CeMHOR's partners include: