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VA primary care-mental health integration: patient characteristics and receipt of mental health services, 2008-2010.
Psychiatr Serv. 2012 Nov; 63(11):1137-41.PS

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

In 2007, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health system began nationwide implementation of primary care-mental health integration (PC-MHI) programs to enhance mental health access and promote treatment of common mental health conditions for patients in primary care settings. This report describes patients initiating PC-MHI services in fiscal years (FYs) 2008-2010, including those who received prior mental health services.

METHODS

Using VA administrative records, the investigators examined characteristics and services utilization of individuals who initiated PC-MHI services in FY 2008 (N=76,985), FY 2009 (N=107,417), or FY 2010 (N=149,938).

RESULTS

PC-MHI service initiation increased by 95%, from 76,985 to 149,938 veterans. Over time, new user cohorts were increasingly younger, newer to VA services, and less likely to have received VA mental health treatment in the prior year.

CONCLUSIONS

This study documents substantial expansion in VA PC-MHI program activity. PC-MHI program expansion may increase access to mental health services in primary care settings.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Health Behavior and Health Education, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1415 Washington Heights, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA. vickij@umich.eduNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

Language

eng

PubMed ID

23117512

Citation

Johnson-Lawrence, Vicki, et al. "VA Primary Care-mental Health Integration: Patient Characteristics and Receipt of Mental Health Services, 2008-2010." Psychiatric Services (Washington, D.C.), vol. 63, no. 11, 2012, pp. 1137-41.
Johnson-Lawrence V, Zivin K, Szymanski BR, et al. VA primary care-mental health integration: patient characteristics and receipt of mental health services, 2008-2010. Psychiatr Serv. 2012;63(11):1137-41.
Johnson-Lawrence, V., Zivin, K., Szymanski, B. R., Pfeiffer, P. N., & McCarthy, J. F. (2012). VA primary care-mental health integration: patient characteristics and receipt of mental health services, 2008-2010. Psychiatric Services (Washington, D.C.), 63(11), 1137-41. https://doi.org/10.1176/appi.ps.201100365
Johnson-Lawrence V, et al. VA Primary Care-mental Health Integration: Patient Characteristics and Receipt of Mental Health Services, 2008-2010. Psychiatr Serv. 2012;63(11):1137-41. PubMed PMID: 23117512.
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TY - JOUR T1 - VA primary care-mental health integration: patient characteristics and receipt of mental health services, 2008-2010. AU - Johnson-Lawrence,Vicki, AU - Zivin,Kara, AU - Szymanski,Benjamin R, AU - Pfeiffer,Paul N, AU - McCarthy,John F, PY - 2012/11/3/entrez PY - 2012/11/3/pubmed PY - 2013/5/10/medline SP - 1137 EP - 41 JF - Psychiatric services (Washington, D.C.) JO - Psychiatr Serv VL - 63 IS - 11 N2 - OBJECTIVE: In 2007, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health system began nationwide implementation of primary care-mental health integration (PC-MHI) programs to enhance mental health access and promote treatment of common mental health conditions for patients in primary care settings. This report describes patients initiating PC-MHI services in fiscal years (FYs) 2008-2010, including those who received prior mental health services. METHODS: Using VA administrative records, the investigators examined characteristics and services utilization of individuals who initiated PC-MHI services in FY 2008 (N=76,985), FY 2009 (N=107,417), or FY 2010 (N=149,938). RESULTS: PC-MHI service initiation increased by 95%, from 76,985 to 149,938 veterans. Over time, new user cohorts were increasingly younger, newer to VA services, and less likely to have received VA mental health treatment in the prior year. CONCLUSIONS: This study documents substantial expansion in VA PC-MHI program activity. PC-MHI program expansion may increase access to mental health services in primary care settings. SN - 1557-9700 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/23117512/VA_primary_care_mental_health_integration:_patient_characteristics_and_receipt_of_mental_health_services_2008_2010_ L2 - https://ps.psychiatryonline.org/doi/10.1176/appi.ps.201100365?url_ver=Z39.88-2003&rfr_id=ori:rid:crossref.org&rfr_dat=cr_pub=pubmed DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -