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Committee to Address VA Mental Health Care Concern

WASHINGTON, D.C.—On May 8, 2012, at 10:30 a.m., in Room 334 of the Cannon House Office Building, the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs will hold a hearing entitled, “VA Mental Health Care: Ensuring Quality and Quantity.” The hearing will focus on accountability at VA for recent revelations on the lack of accessibility of mental health care for veterans, as well as examining why veterans are not getting better through VA’s mental health programs.

WHO: House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs

WHAT: “VA Mental Health Care: Ensuring Quality and Quantity”

WHEN: 10:30 a.m., Wednesday May 8, 2012, Room 334, Cannon House Office Building

WITNESS LIST

Panel 1

The Honorable Eric K. Shinseki,Secretary

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Accompanied by:

Mary Schohn, Ph.D., Director, Office of Mental Health Operations

Veterans Health Administration

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Antonette Zeiss, Ph.D., Chief Consultant, Office of Mental Health Services

Veterans Health Administration

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Annie Spiczak, Assistant Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Workforce Service

Veterans Health Administration

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

John D. Daigh, Jr., M.D.,Assistant Inspector General for Healthcare Inspections

Office of the Inspector General

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Linda A. Halliday,Assistant Inspector General for Audits and Evaluations

Office of the Inspector General

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Panel 2

Nicole L. Sawyer, PsyD
Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Diana Birkett Rakow, Executive Director of Public Policy

Group Health Cooperative

James Schuster, MD, MBA,Chief Medical Officer

Community Care Behavioral Health Organization of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

RADM Thomas Carrato, USPHS (Ret.),President

Health Net Federal Services

Panel 3

Joy Ilem,Deputy National Legislative Director

Disabled American Veterans

Alethea Predeoux,Associate Director of Health Legislation

Paralyzed Veterans of America

Ralph Ibson,National Policy Director

Wounded Warrior Project

Statement for the Record

· Humana Veterans

· Vietnam Veterans of America

For more news from the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, please visit:

Veterans.House.Gov

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