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Clinical Deployment Teams (CDT)

What is the Clinical Deployment Team (CDT) Program

Clinical Deployment Teams (CDT) provide 360 permanent, clinical staff dedicated to the continuity of Veteran healthcare and support to communities in times of crisis. Never before has the VA dedicated deployment-ready teams to support internal and Fourth Mission requests. Historically the VHA has managed significant disasters that simultaneously require clinical and ancillary staff to be pulled from their facility and deployed. The CDT Program ensures 360 ready to deploy, dedicated staff that are highly skilled, trained in emergency response, and deployment-ready. This model is influenced by VHA’s experience in responding to natural and manmade emergencies, and the COVID 19 Pandemic. The additional 360 CDT staff will complement the current Disaster Emergency Medical Personnel System (DEMPS) program, creating robust response capabilities to ensure continued readiness for our Veterans and those who care for them.

The CDT staffing model will be comprised of Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses or Licensed Vocational Nurses, Providers, and Licensed Clinical Social Workers across 4 clinical areas. These staff will be aligned and supervised at their assigned medical centers (assigned facilities).

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The CDT mission encompasses VA’s core values and reflects the needs of our Veterans and those who care for them.

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Quotes – Senior Leaders support of CDT

The Clinical Deployment Team (CDT) program is like no other within VA. This program brings together 360, highly skilled clinicians who are dedicated and trained to respond to natural and manmade emergencies. These staff members are specifically trained in emergency response, complemented by their clinical expertise. I am so proud of the commitment VA has made to ensure quick and robust response when the need arises. It has been an honor to serve as a leader for this enterprise-changing project and to go from concept to implementation. VA is second to none!

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Dr. Miguel Lapuz,

Assistant Undersecretary for Health for Integrated Veteran Care

The first three words of the VA Mission Statement are: “To care for.” I cannot think of a more excellent example of how the VA cares for our Veterans, their families, and our nation than the Clinical Deployment Teams. This unique resource provides a cadre of trained, equipped, and prepared medical providers that can quickly deploy to ensure continuity of patient care in VA facilities and support our nation during emergencies or disasters when normal services are disrupted or overwhelmed. 

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Kevin Thompson,

Associate Director of Support Operations, VHA Office of Emergency Management