A new report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) finds that the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) and the Veterans Administration (VA) do not use evidence-based practices and do not track the effectiveness of programs to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The departments spent $294 million on PTSD treatments in 2012, meanwhile, the demand is rising dramatically.
IOM has recommended that the DOD and VA bring in experienced mental healthcare providers to meet the growing need for PTSD treatment. Approximately 5 percent of service men and women have been diagnosed with PTSD, and for those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, the estimates are higher.
The IOM report comes hard on the heels of a VA scandal revealing that the administration has consistently been unable to keep up with patient demands and has not done enough to improve the wait times for patients in serious need of care.