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Envisioning Transformation in VA Mental Health Services Through Collaborative Site Visits.
Kearney LK, Schaefer JA, Dollar KM, Iwamasa GY, Katz I, Schmitz T, Schohn M, Resnick SG. Envisioning Transformation in VA Mental Health Services Through Collaborative Site Visits. Psychiatric services (Washington, D.C.). 2018 Jul 1; 69(7):744-747.
This column reviews the unique contributions of multiple partners in establishing a standardized site visit process to promote quality improvement in mental health care at the Veterans Health Administration. Working as a team, leaders in policy and operations, staff of research centers, and regional- and facility-level mental health leaders developed a standardized protocol for evaluating mental health services at each site and using the data to help implement policy goals. The authors discuss the challenges experienced and lessons learned in this systemwide process and how this information can be part of a framework for improving mental health services on a national level.