Team ERPi has delivered project management for the overall execution of Executive Order (EO) 13822—Supporting Our Veterans During Their Transition from Military to Civilian Life—and of associated workstreams (e.g., Predictive Analytics, Peer Specialist Community Outreach, Easy Button, and Communications). We managed the EO Joint Action Plan, tracked resulting actions and milestones, facilitated EO Task Force meetings, drafted and submitted the 180-day Joint Status Report, supported VA implementation efforts of EO actions and milestones, and engaged a variety of agency and nonagency stakeholders (e.g., Veterans Service Organizations). In addition, Team ERPi serves as the evaluation team for the Governor’s and Mayor’s Challenge partnerships between VA, SAMHSA, and cities and states, evaluating provided technical assistance to encourage dissemination of suicide prevention best practices. ERPi also serves as the project management team for the national rollout of Suicide Prevention Pathway’s Suicide Prevention 2.0 effort, a national implementation plan for a public health approach to suicide prevention. On March 5, 2019, a new President signed a new Executive Order 13861—the National Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End the Tragedy of Suicide. Team ERPi is providing project management support for this large national and interagency effort to end Veteran suicide. The EO requires the formation of a grant structure to support local communities, the streamlining of research in suicide prevention, and a national roadmap outlining Veteran suicide prevention. In addition to these specific work areas, Team ERPi serves as the primary day-to-day liaison between the Director of VA’s Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Office, the Executive Director of VA’s Suicide Prevention Program, the EO 13822 Joint Action Implementation Team, and assigned program office representatives in project management and oversight, data collection and analyses, and technical writing.
Making a Difference
By applying our approach to project and program management in parallel with implementation and knowledge of both Veteran mental health and public health practices, Team ERPi has successfully supported, through our management of EO 13822, increased access to VHA services and suicide prevention resources, improved monitoring of all Transitioning Service Members (TSMs), improved transition from military to civilian life, and enhanced outreach. Business value and impact to the Veteran include the following:
- FY19 Q1 data showed that 81 percent of 7,562 Transitioning Service Member respondents on the Transition Assistance Program (TAP) Participant Assessment reported being informed about mental health services.
- FY18 Q4 data showed 35.6 percent of the 36,801 Transitioning Service Members listed in the TAP Data Retrieval Web Service registered/enrolled in VHA health care before, during, or within 60 days after their VA TAP Course.
- The TAP curriculum was also modified to incorporate a new Military Lifecycle Module on Community Integration Resources. FY18 Q4 data showed that 82 percent of Transitioning Service Member respondents report being informed about social connectedness support systems available in civilian communities.
- Nationally, the total number of reported participants in Introduction to Whole Health is over 10,000 since March 2018.
- Nationally, over 425 TSMs attended Introduction to Whole Health in FY19 Q1, and approximately 6 percent of TSMs participating were referred to mental health services.
- Over 990 TSMs have participated in Introduction to Whole Health since March 2018.
Team ERPi has identified and disseminated suicide prevention best practices and technical assistance to 24 cities and 7 states through the VA/SAMHSA collaborative Governor’s and Mayor’s Challenge to prevent Veteran suicide. These best practices were achieved by applying analytic techniques such as qualitative surveys measuring pilot efficacy and establishing quantitative metrics around new Veteran engagement and access and awareness of media and VA resources to analyze action implementation data.
Team ERPi creates and submits high-visibility and White House–level work products that include the EO 13822 Joint Action Plan (May 2018) and Status Report (December 2018), Congressional responses and hearing documents, media responses, and interagency joint documents.