The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Office of Mental Health released a new toolkit for community providers to access on its website. The online toolkit provides information on mental health issues from a Veteran-specific focus, a whole host of information about military cultural competency for mental health providers and case managers, and gives information on how providers can connect with VA. The Office of Mental Health will be developing and releasing more fact sheets and guides for specific types of mental health needs in the coming months, so we encourage community providers to check back frequently for updated resources.
The toolkit was created to support VA’s overall commitment to the rehabilitation and recovery of every Veteran with a mental illness. VA has identified recovery as a guiding principle for its entire mental health service delivery system. In addition, VA believes that the most effective care for Service Members and Veterans will come from a strong connection between the community and VA. The toolkit serves as a bridge and direct line of communication between VA and communities across the country, and models the type of collaborative work necessary to end homelessness among Veterans by 2015.