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Decision Brief: Recommendations for DoD from a Mental Health and Chaplaincy Learning Collaborative

Bates M, Jackson GL. Decision Brief: Recommendations for DoD from a Mental Health and Chaplaincy Learning Collaborative: Briefing before the Department of Defense, Defense Health Agency Mental Health Workgroup; 2016 Jul 21; Arlington, VA.


This briefing to the Department of Defense (DoD) Mental Health Workgroup presented recommendations to the DoD concerning the integration of mental health and chaplaincy services across the branches of the DoD. The Mental Health Workgroup is a voting policy making committee of the Defense Health Agency and consists of Directors of Psychological Health from each military health system (Air Force, Army, and Navy [which also provides healthcare and chaplain services for the Marine Corps]) and representatives the Defense Health Agency (DoD wide agency charged with coordinating health services across the DoD]. This was the official briefing of results coming from a VA-DoD Joint Incentives Fund (JIF) project. Dr. Jackson was representing the VA portion of this effort at the briefing. The recommendations were developed jointly by the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury, VA Mental Health and Chaplaincy Program, and Durham VA HSRandD COIN based on the results of an evaluation of the JIF program . Recommendations resulted from the evaluation of the VA-DoD Mental Health and Chaplaincy Quality Improvement Collaborative based on an evaluation conducted by the Durham HSRandD COIN.

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