Integrating Physical and Mental Health Care in the Veterans Health Administration

Lisa V. Rubenstein

in Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary Care

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Published in print April 2017 | ISBN: 9780190276201
Published online July 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780190276935 | DOI:
Integrating Physical and Mental Health Care in the Veterans Health Administration

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The Veterans Health Administration, part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), is responsible for the largest integrated health care system in the United States and is committed historically and by statute to provide mental and physical health care for veterans. The evolution of integrated mental and physical health care in the VA serves as an in-depth, real-world example of large-scale implementation of integrated care models. The VA’s ongoing national primary care/mental health care integration initiative is the foundation for the system’s efforts in this regard. The challenges and opportunities VA implementers faced in promoting integrated mental health care show the feasibility and importance of providing integrated care and the fundamental changes required for achievement. This chapter discusses the drivers and resources, as well as the barriers, involved in the development of an integrated physical and mental health care model.

Chapter.  10720 words. 

Subjects: Psychiatry ; Primary Care

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