Thursday, July 18, 2013

HVAC to Examine MST Care

WASHINGTON, D.C.— On Friday, July 19, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. in room 334 of the Cannon House Office Building, the Subcommittee on Health will hold a hearing to examine Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense medical care and treatment options for survivors of military sexual trauma.

 

Military sexual trauma, or MST, refers to experiences of sexual assault or repeated, threatening acts of sexual harassment. DoD estimates that 26,000 service members experienced some form of MST in 2012, and according to VA, about one in five women and one in 100 men seen by the Veterans Health Administration report having experienced some form of sexual trauma during their military service. While MST rates are higher among women, the majority of victims are men, according to DoD.

 

The effects of MST do not disappear once a victim leaves military service, and can have long-term physical and mental health consequences. The purpose of this hearing is to examine VA and DoD capabilities for treating MST within the active duty and veteran populations as well as any gaps in care and services that may exist in order to help ensure a structured, competent and coordinated continuum of care for MST survivors.

The following event is open to the press:

WHO:             Subcommittee on Health

WHAT:          Hearing: "Safety for Survivors: Care and Treatment for Military Sexual Trauma"

WHEN:          10:00 a.m., Friday, July 19, 2013

WHERE:        Room 334, Cannon House Office Building and streaming at veterans.house.gov

 

The witness list is as follows:

 

Panel 1

Victoria Sanders

Veteran, MST Survivor

 

Lisa Wilken

Veteran, MST Survivor

 

Brian Lewis

Veteran, MST Survivor

 

Tara Johnson

Veteran, MST Survivor

 

Panel 2

Michael Shepherd M.D 

Physician, Office of Health Care Inspections

Office of the Inspector General

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

 

Accompanied by:

 

Karen McGoff-Yost LCSW

Associate Director, Bay Pines Office of Healthcare Inspections

Office of the Inspector General

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

 

Jonathan M. Farrell-Higgins Ph.D.

Chief, Stress Disorder Treatment Program

Colmery-O'Neil VA Medical Center, VA Eastern Kansas Health Care System

Veterans Integrated Service Network 15

Veterans Health Administration

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

 

Carol O'Brien Ph.D.

Chief, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Programs

Bay Pines VA Healthcare System

Veterans Integrated Service Network 8

Veterans Health Administration

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

 

Panel 3

Rajiv Jain M.D.

Assistant Deputy Undersecretary for Patient Care Services

Office of Patient Care Services

Veterans Health Administration

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

 

Accompanied by:

 

David Carroll Ph.D.

Acting Chief Consultant, Mental Health Services

Office of Patient Care Services

Veterans Health Administration

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

 

Stacey Pollack Ph.D.

National Mental Health Director of Program Policy Implementation

Mental Health Services, Office of Patient Care Services

Veterans Health Administration

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

 

Karen S. Guice M.D., M.P.P

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs

Office of Health Affairs

U.S. Department of Defense

 

Statements for the Record

The American Legion

 

Disabled American Veterans on Behalf of the Independent Budget

 

Indiana Coalition against Sexual Assault

 

Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network

 

Servicewomen's Action Network

 

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