Implementation of Telemental Health (TMH) psychological services for rural veterans at the VA New York Harbor Healthcare System.

Cory K. Chen, Amy Palfrey, Erica Shreck, Brittney Silvestri, Lauren Wash, Nicole Nehrig, Alyssa L. Baer, Jennifer A. Schneider, Sagiv Ashkenazi, Scott E. Sherman, Joshua Chodosh

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Abstract

Meeting the mental health needs of our current veteran population is one of the primary challenges facing the Veteran's Health Administration (VHA). Particularly for veterans residing in rural areas, the lack of providers, high provider turnover, and the burden of traveling long distances to VHA facilities may contribute to difficulties accessing mental health care. Telemental Health (TMH) services help bridge the geographic gap between mental health providers and veterans who need mental health services. The VHA TMH Hub initiative has attempted to leverage changes in technology-facilitated care by developing a model in which a facility “hub” could expand mental health resources to remote “spoke” clinics and veterans’ residences. This paper describes the implementation of the VA New York Harbor Health care System (VA NYH) TMH Hub, which was one of 6 programs funded by the VHA Office of Rural Health (ORH) in September 2016. We will describe the structure of the program, services provided, veterans served, and our efforts to integrate quality improvement, research, and clinical training into the operations of the program. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2021 APA, all rights reserved)

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalPsychological Services
Volume18
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2021

Keywords

  • remote mental health
  • telehealth
  • telemental health
  • veterans

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Applied Psychology

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