Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE)

Silver Spring, Maryland


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DCoE’s mission is to improve the lives of our nation’s service members, veterans and their families be advancing excellence in psychological health and traumatic brain injury care and prevention.

Scope of Work

VersaTech engaged in three Department of Defense-Department of Veterans (DoD-VA) Joint Incentive Fund (JIF) projects in support of a public health model for establishing and maintaining high quality psychological prevention, care and support services for active duty military, National Guard and Reserve, veterans and family member beneficiaries. VersaTech provided staff and bridging support for the specified positions with the ability to tailor the staff mix to accommodate changing mission priorities. We also provided access to specialized subject-matter experts (SME) including medical, clinical and mental health PhDs.


Goals

Number 1

Improving care via integration of chaplains into mental health care.

With a goal of reducing the stigmas associated with seeking mental health care, VersaTech led the effort to integrate spiritual care with clinical services through additional training of chaplains. Chaplains who have a better understanding of how spirituality informs mental health ultimately deliver advanced care. VersaTech created evidence-based, standardized training modules for DoD and VA chaplains.

Number 2

Implementation of problem-solving training in primary care.

This project’s goal was to provide evidence-based early intervention in primary care settings for the treatment of a wide range of emotional and behavioral problems including depression and PTSD. VersaTech implemented training for primary care behavioral/mental health providers.

Number 3

Practice Based Implementation Network (PBIN) in mental health.

VersaTech was tasked with creating a community of behavioral health providers who lead the rapid translation of research findings into routine clinical practice. The PBIN serves as the key resource within MHS to implement best practices, recruit field-based clinics and clinicians into practice-change initiatives, identify and resolve barriers to the adoption of new practices, and promote integration of these efforts in VA and DoD mental health programs.


Outcomes

 

  • PBIN pilot project enabled DoD/VA to develop a staffing/IT platform for ongoing implementation of practice change initiatives
  • PBIN improved productivity and expanded visibility and education in the marketplace
  • PBIN project was graded “exceptional … truly superb” by client
  • Received an A+ rating from COR
  • Project sped implementation of outcomes monitoring
  • The PAT was acknowledged for attention to detail and outstanding work
  • Both chaplain training and primary care training programs created by VersaTech won awards ((what awards, can we name them??)) for coupling education components with support resources
  • VersaTech’s project manager was asked to serve on the Process Action Team (PAT), which was key in rewriting SOPs that contributed to the success of the project
  • This project was a catalyst to the client gaining permanent funding for the JIF programs