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Readjustment Counseling Service Vet Center Report

consultants with the approval of the RCS Regional Manager.


consultants must be VHA qualified mental health professionals who are licensed in a state and appropriately credentialed through the VAMC. A staff member and mental health professional at a VAMC support facility is preferred for selection as a clinical consultant. All RCS Regional Managers will be tasked with ensuring compliance with this standard by

intervening with Centers without

the VAMC support facility leadership for an assigned external clinical consultant.

those Vet Regional

managers will pursue the services of a private sector professional situations where a VAMC professional is logistically not feasible.


In process

September 30, 2009

Recommendation 3:

We recommended that the Acting Under

Secretary for Health take steps to ensure that each Vet Center has a seat and participates on the support facility’s MHC.


The Office of the Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Operations and Management (DUSHOM) will also work with the Readjustment Counseling Service (RCS) to address the relationship between VHA facilities and Vet Centers, with focus on ensuring that Vet Centers have a seat and participate on the support facility’s mental health council, reporting of suicides, privileging of professional staff and completing mobidity and mortality reviews, by August 31, 2009.

In addition, VHA Handbook 1160.01, “Uniform Mental Health Services in VA Medical Centers and Clinics”, dated September 11, 2008, will be revised to change the policy encouraging Vet Center participation on VHA Mental Health Councils to a requirement. Once the Handbook is revised, the Office of Patient Care Services (PCS) will widely announce the update to this policy on Chief Medical Officer and Chief of Staff conference calls. The DUSHOM, RCS, and PCS will also collaborate in drafting a memorandum to VHA facilities that will provide guidance on the report findings and recommendations.

In process

December 2009

VA Office of Inspector General


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