Office of Rural Health (ORH)
Rural Veterans Coordination Pilot
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) created the Rural Veterans Coordination Pilot (RVCP) grant program to support Veterans and their families who reside in rural and/or underserved areas of the country. Grantees are expected to use the funds to aid Veterans with the transition to civilian life in one or more of the following areas:
- Increase coordination of health care and benefits for Veterans;
- Increase availability of high quality medical and mental health services;
- Provide assistance to families of transitioning Veterans; and
- Outreach to Veterans and their families.
The RVCP was created in accordance with Section 506, Public Law 111-163, Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010. Eligible grant recipients are either community based organizations and/or local, state or tribal government entities.
This pilot enables each grant recipient to support local Veterans in unique ways that will be suitable for the challenges faced by these locations. Additionally, it will seek to determine if there is an effective model in which state and local entities are able to successfully coordinate multi-sector benefits for Veterans and their families who reside in rural or underserved communities.
VHA’s Office of Rural Health (ORH) is responsible for providing oversight, guidance and evaluation of RVCP. Grantees are responsible for day-to-day management and reporting on the types of services provided and numbers of Veterans served.
What Will the Grant Recipients Do for Rural Veterans?
Maine Department of Labor (Augusta, Maine) will employ five strategies to increase coordination of healthcare and benefits such as peer support workers, regional workgroups, care managers and job developers.
Learn more at www.maine.gov/labor/bes/index.shtml.
Nebraska Association of Local Health Directors (Kearney, Nebraska) will increase military cultural competence among community based organizations, provide outreach through multi-disciplinary outreach teams and support families.
Learn more at http://nalhd.org/.
New Mexico Department of Veteran Services (Santa Fe, New Mexico) will establish a Veteran and Family Transition Center in four different regions of the state to help returning families gain access to health care, education, job placement and housing.
Learn more at www.dvs.state.nm.us/.
Volunteers of America of North Louisiana (Shreveport, Louisiana) will connect rural Veterans in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas, and their families, to quality primary care and behavioral health services as well as critical resources such as benefit programs, housing, employment assistance and transportation.
Learn more at www.voanorthla.org/.
WestCare Washington, Inc. (Orting, Washington) will develop “Home Base” in Oregon and Washington to provide person-to-person contact through county-based navigators, access to telephonic 24/7 counseling , and coordinate with federal, state and local benefit and service providers.
Learn more at https://westcare.com/.
What are ORH Investments?
Starting September 2014, ORH will administer $10 million in grants to assist Veterans and their families who reside in rural and/or underserved areas of the country. This new grant program, known as the Rural Veterans Coordination Pilot (RVCP), will provide $2 million dollars over a two-year period to five grantees for activities specifically geared towards rural Veterans and their families who are transitioning from military to civilian life.
What is the Impact of ORH Investments?
25,000 rural Veterans, plus their families, are expected to obtain increased assistance with the transition to civilian life.
At the end of the two-year pilot, ORH will compile a report to Congress on the impact of RVCP. It will also identify best practices in delivery of Veteran transition services coordinated by community based organizations and/or local, state and tribal government entities.
If you have a question, please contact us at RVCP@va.gov