APA advises DoD and VA on veterans’ transition programs

APA emphasizes empirical approach to integrated mental health services.

On Sept. 23, Heather Kelly of the American Psychological Association’s Science Government Relations Office participated in the second of a series of meetings hosted by the Center for a New American Security in Washington, D.C., to address veterans’ mental health issues.  

This most recent activity within the larger initiative focused on “Service Members and Veterans in Transition,” and brought together representatives from the Departments of Defense (DoD) and Veterans Affairs (VA), veterans service organizations and professional organizations such as APA to discuss both existing and ideal programs to prepare military personnel transitioning to veteran status. 

At the meeting, Kelly expressed APA’s interests in how transition programs and activities are developed, implemented and empirically evaluated as components of larger DoD and VA integrated mental health strategies.

For more information on this issue contact Heather O’Beirne Kelly.