Use of Veterans Health Administration Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Treatment After Exiting Prison: The Health Care for Reentry Veterans Program
Department of Psychiatry
Mental and Social Health | Psychiatry | Psychiatry and Psychology | Substance Abuse and Addiction
The Veterans Health Administration (VA) Health Care for Reentry Veterans (HCRV) program links veterans exiting prison with treatment. Among veterans served by HCRV, national VA clinical data were used to describe contact with VA health care, and mental health and substance use disorder diagnoses and treatment use. Of veterans seen for an HCRV outreach visit, 56 % had contact with VA health care. Prevalence of mental health disorders was 57 %; of whom 77 % entered mental health treatment within a month of diagnosis. Prevalence of substance use disorders was 49 %; of whom 37 % entered substance use disorder treatment within a month of diagnosis. For veterans exiting prison, increasing access to VA health care, especially for rural veterans, and for substance use disorder treatment, are important quality improvement targets.
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Citation: Adm Policy Ment Health. 2017 Mar;44(2):177-187. doi: 10.1007/s10488-015-0708-z. Link to article on publisher's site
Mental disorders, Mental health services, Prisoners, Substance use disorders, United States Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans health
Finlay, Andrea K.; Stimmel, Matthew; Blue-Howells, Jessica; Rosenthal, Joel; McGuire, Jim; Binswanger, Ingrid; Smelson, David A.; Harris, Alex H. S.; Frayne, Susan M.; Bowe, Tom; and Timko, Christine, "Use of Veterans Health Administration Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Treatment After Exiting Prison: The Health Care for Reentry Veterans Program" (2017). Psychiatry Publications and Presentations. 743.