New initiative will focus on hospice protocols for Veteran-related issues, training staff, and collaborating with VA telemental health services
(Alexandria, VA) – We Honor Veterans, a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in conjunction with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), is pleased to announce that their grant-funded work has been expanded to include efforts aimed at providing telemental health services to Veterans, including a pilot triage mechanism to screen referrals to VA’s PTSD Consultation Program, and administering a competitive bid process in which thirteen state-wide partner organizations have been selected to receive funding for the Trauma-Informed Care for Veterans on Hospice Initiative.
This initiative has been mandated by Congress to support efforts to improve access to key resources and services available from the VA and to disseminate key trainings on trauma-informed care as provided through the We Honor Veterans program. Grant recipients will facilitate Veteran-specific training on PTSD, Moral Injury, and suicide prevention; implement structured hospice protocols and guidelines specific to the provision of trauma-informed care; pilot a triage mechanism within We Honor Veterans to screen referrals and promote access to VA telemental health services; and share programmatic data.
“The Trauma-Informed Care for Veterans on Hospice Initiative will offer state-based hospice and palliative care organizations tools to help local VA facilities and community-based hospice providers collaborate and improve upon the person-centered, interdisciplinary care Veterans and their families receive at the end of life,” said NHPCO President and CEO Edo Banach.
The organizations receiving grant funding to participate in this initiative are:
The grants will enable these state hospice and palliative organizations and coalitions to connect Veterans to trauma-informed, compassionate and person-centered care. This is critical, as the vast majority of Veterans are not currently enrolled in VA health care and may not be aware of end-of-life services and benefits available to them, including the Medicare Hospice Benefit, VA-paid hospice care and VA telemental health services that can be delivered in the Veteran’s home while on hospice.
As the leading organization representing integrated, person-centered healthcare, NHPCO gives ongoing inspiration, practical guidance, and legislative representation to hospice and palliative care providers so they can enrich experiences for patients and ease caregiving responsibilities and emotional stress for families.
About We Honor Veterans
We Honor Veterans, a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), invites hospices, state hospice organizations, Hospice-Veteran Partnerships and VA facilities to join a pioneering program focused on respectful inquiry, compassionate listening, and grateful acknowledgment. By recognizing the unique needs of America’s Veterans and their families, community providers, in partnership with VA staff, will learn how to accompany and guide them through their life stories toward a more peaceful ending.