With more than 9 million Veterans enrolled in VA health care and about 1.7 million of those Veterans receiving mental health services, veterans’ mental health is a perennial concern. The Creating Options for Veterans’ Expedited Recovery (COVER) Commission wants to hear about Veterans’ past and current experiences, as well as learn what services Veterans think would improve mental health care in the future.
The COVER Commission was established under the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016 (CARA) to examine how VA is serving the mental health needs of Veterans and recommend ways to improve mental health care, including identifying ways to more effectively leverage complementary and integrative health care approaches.
To meet this goal, we will be talking to Veterans in cities across the country during COVER Commission-hosted focus groups on mental health services. We want to hear not only from those who receive mental health care at VA facilities, but also those who choose to receive care at private-sector facilities in their community.
The commission seeks to consider a broad scope of perspectives. With that in mind, we are looking for Veterans who have received mental health services, regardless of their age, gender, race, or combat status. If you are a Veteran who has received mental health care and you live in one of the places listed below, we need your help. To learn more about participating in a focus group, email COVERCommission@va.gov. In the subject line, include the date and location of the focus group in your area.
- 8/13: Baltimore, MD
- 8/13: Richmond, VA
- 8/14: Philadelphia, PA
- 8/14: Ft. Belknap Reservation, MT
- 8/15: Miami, FL
- 8/16: Virtual (ND, SD, NE, IA, MN, AZ, NM, PR, VI)
- 8/16: Denver
- 8/19: Virtual (HI, Philippines, Guam, American Samoa)
- 8/19: Cleveland, OH
- 8/19: Sacramento, CA
- 8/20: Virtual (ND, SD, NE, IA, MN, AZ, NM, PR, VI)
- 8/20: White River Junction, VT
- 8/21: Canandaigua, NY
- 8/22: Chicago, IL
- 8/22: Valley Coastal Bend, TX
- 8/22: Seattle, WA
- 8/28: Nashville, TN
- 8/28: Atlanta, GA
- 8/28: New Orleans, LA