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Funded Project Details - FY2021

Project Number:

Title: Optimizing Psychiatrist Appointment Frequencies to Improve Mental Health Access
Principal Investigator:

Bo S Kim

Location: Boston, MA
Congressional District Code: 7
Research Service: Health Services R&D
Project Period: February 2020 - January 2021
FY 2021 Funding Amount: $33,264
Total Award Amount
(all years):
Abstract: View full abstract and other project information on NIH RePORTER


Background: Ensuring timely access to mental health services remains a major challenge for VA. In particular, access to psychiatrists was identified as a critical bottleneck by the Office of Inspector General (OIG)'s 2012 Review of Veterans' Access to Mental Health Care. The OIG's 2015 follow-up audit found that many VA facilities do not have explicit psychiatrist staffing plans. It is therefore important for facilities to (i) optimize the allocation of available outpatient psychi...

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