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Clinical Care | South Central MIRECC

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Clinical Video Telehealth into the Home Provider Toolkit

Developers: Jessica L. Larsen, PhD, MA; Kristen H. Sorocco, PhD; Jan Lindsay, PhD; Lindsey A. Martin, PhD; and Kathy L. Henderson, MD

Developed with funding from the South Central MIRECC, the purpose of the CVTHM Toolkit is to equip facilities, mental health providers and clinical champions with the necessary skills and procedures to deliver mental health care to Veterans through CVTHM. The Toolkit is designed to assist facilities in the implementation of CVTHM by having a clinical champion work with frontline providers to facilitate adoption of CVTHM national guidelines and standards. The Toolkit supplements the mandatory trainings found on the Office of Telehealth Services website.

The Toolkit includes:
  • An overview of CVTHM, its benefits, and history at the VHA
  • Steps on how to become a certified provider
  • Tips on technical troubleshooting
  • Instructions for developing a community of practice
  • Resources
  • Contacts
  • An implementation checklist
  • A sample CVTHM session note

The Toolkit is intended for VA facilities and clinicians interested in expanding their skillset to include the use of CVTHM. To best use the Toolkit, it is recommended that facilities first conduct a self-assessment, using the CVTHM Implementation Checklist (Appendix A) to assess areas of strength and need in their current programs. Following identification of areas of need and after addressing the issues, the Toolkit can provide facilities and individual providers with guidance to assist with the transition to CVTHM service provision.

Download the CVTHM Toolkit


The objective of the South Central MIRECC Clinical Core is to improve the quality of mental health care in the South Central VA Health Care Network by aligning what is actually achieved in the day-to-day clinical practice of mental health treatments and services with what research demonstrates is possible. For more information about the Clinical Care Core, contact Dr. Tracey L. Smith, the Associate Director for Improving Clinical Care, at or (713) 791-1414 Ext. 10287.

Consumer Advisory Board

The mission of the South Central MIRECC Consumer Advisory Board (CAB) is to advise the MIRECC and the VISN 16 Mental Health Product Line (MHPL) on the development of educational programs and improvement of clinical services to benefit Veterans. The CAB also educates Veterans, consumers and their families about MIRECC and MHPL accomplishments.The CAB is made up of 15 members, from areas such as Veteran organizations, consumers, VISN 16 leadership, VA Medical Center management and front line providers, the National Alliance for Mental Illness, and public health leadership.

For more information about the CAB, or to get CAB feedback about new or ongoing projects and education or research products, contact the Co-Chairs, at Dr. Tracey L. Smith ( or Dr. Traci Abraham (


Last updated: November 5, 2018