AVAPL, Association of VA Social Workers, American Psychological Association, and National Association of Social Workers Jointly Address Proposed Efforts to Expand VA Choice Program

Many veterans wait unacceptably long times for appointments in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). The Veterans Access, Choice, Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014 Choice Card Program was enacted as a three-year solution to address access problems for selected veterans. One year into that pilot, there are concerted Congressional efforts to expand the Choice Program, and make it permanent. There are no additional appropriations in the Choice Card Program expansion bills; funding for expanding the Choice Card Program would come by siphoning allocations from VHA Medical Centers & Community Based Outpatient Clinics -- downsizing the number of VHA providers and programs. The effect over time would be to dismantle the VHA system and privatize care for veterans. The proposed expansion of Choice is predicated on popular myths, which are critiqued here.

Poll Shows Veterans Support VA Health Care, Oppose Privatization

A new poll commissioned by the Vet Voice Foundation suggests that veterans oppose attempts to privatize VA health care services. Read the report here.


VA Psychology Photo History Project

Cover of VA Psychology Photo History Project Retired Psychology Leader Dr. Rodney Baker (San  Antonio) has compiled a collection of scanned photos of VACO and VA Psychology Chief/Leaders from 1946 to 2005 and has made this compilation available to the public. Click here to view and download the VA Psychology Photo History document.

APA's Family Caregiver Briefcase

The American Psychological Associationís Family Caregiver Briefcase is now available. This is an online resource for those who work with family caregivers and can help professionals recognize, anticipate, and reduce the stresses on family caregivers across the life span. It provides guidance on how to assist caregivers through individual and organizational practice, research, teaching, and community service. Segments of the briefcase are also useful for family caregivers. To learn more about the Family Caregiver Briefcase, click here to view an information sheet, or visit the website at APA.

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