Center for Compassionate Care Innovation
Veteran Community Partnerships
Veteran Community Partnerships (VCP) is a national initiative to ensure that all Veterans and their caregivers have access to, and the widest range of choices among, the services that allow our Veterans to stay in the places they call home. VCP is a joint project of Veterans Health Administration’s (VHA) Offices of Geriatrics and Extended Care, Community Engagement/Center for Compassionate Care Innovation, and Caregiver Support.
What is a VCP?
VCPs are coalitions of Veterans and their caregivers, Department of Veterans (VA) facilities, community health providers, organizations, and agencies working together to foster, seamless access to, and transitions among, the full continuum of care and support services in VA and the community.
VCP is an expansion on the Hospice-Veteran Partnership initiative and works to facilitate Veterans’ access to a broad scope of service types and providers, including homelessness, mental health, rural Veterans, caregivers, dementia, and countless others.
Of 22 million Veterans, only about nine million are enrolled with VA, and only about six million seek their health care from VA in any year. Of the 27% receiving care from VA, about 70% Veterans ALSO receive health care from OUTSIDE the VA.
A VCP provides an innovative, flexible, relevant and useful approach to assist a VA facility to establish and nurture a community partnership that facilitates access to and coordination of the broad spectrum of healthcare needs of all Veterans and their families.
VCPs effectively achieve one of the VA’s top priorities - Greater Choice. Veterans and their families deserve greater access, choice, and control over their health care – and VCPs provide the following:
- VCPs increase communication and collaborations among VA and their respective communities;
- VCPs improve coordination of cares and services from VA- and non-VA sources;
- VCPs offer more opportunities for new enrollments and an increase in awareness of VA and community resources;
- VCPs increase interpersonal and inter-professional contacts and relationships between VA and community organizations; and
- VCPs familiarize citizens with VA, its programs, values, and staff.
Where are VCPs located?
Over 50 VA Medical Centers and their surrounding communities have received training to develop a VCP. To find a VCP in your area, view the VCP Roster.
VCP Reporting System
The VCP Reporting System is a database that VCP Coordinators can use to keep track of their VCP activities and events throughout the fiscal year. This information is compiled at the end of each fiscal year for the VCP Annual Report. The VCP Reporting System captures and displays data, locally and nationally, that includes the number of VA staff participating in a VCP, the number and type of community organizations involved in VCPs, the number of meetings held, and the number and type of events that occurred within VCP locations throughout the VA community. VCP Coordinators can access the VCP Reporting System by clicking on the link below to enter their data or to view what is happening at other VCP’s across the country. If you are unable to gain access to the VCP reporting system, email firstname.lastname@example.org or use the VCP User Instruction Guide for assistance.
- VCP FY17 Annual Report
- Previous Annual Reports are available by request
- VCP Toolkit
- VCP Toolkit Appendicies
- Veteran Community Partnerships Overview: VCP 101 on TMS VCP 101
- VCP Overview PowerPoint
- VA Training for community partners
- VA 101
- VA Benefits
- Empathy for Our Heroes
- Suicide Prevention for Veterans
- PsychArmor Institute (free online courses to engage effectively with the military community)
- 15 Things Veterans Want You to Know – Online Course
- For community outreach/education: https://psycharmor.org/courses/15-things-veterans-want-you-to-know (15 minute version)
- For healthcare providers: https://psycharmor.org/courses/15-things-veterans-want-know-healthcare-providers (CE credits available)
- Course Notes
- Veterans Integrated Service Networks (VISNs) Map
- Veteran Demographics
- VA Core I CARE Values and Characteristics
- MyVA Communities
- VA Caregiver Support
- VA Center for Compassionate Care Innovation
- VA Geriatrics and Extended Care
- VA Patient Centered Care
- VA Homeless Veterans
- VA Returning Service Members
- VA Center for Women Veterans
- VA Office of Diversity and Inclusion
- VA Mental Health
How can my VA Medical Center or Community Based Outpatient Clinic develop a VCP?
VCP trainings are available to assist VA facilities to develop a VCP within their communities. To learn more about VCP and training opportunities, please contact VCP's Leadership Team at VCP@va.gov.