Information Resources for Veterans

Acute Pain Management - Meeting the Challenges: A VA Clinician's Guide

Provides information and recommendations on safe and effective methods for acute pain management for Veterans Health Administration (VHA) healthcare providers to promote safe opioid prescribing and decrease the number of veterans who develop opioid use disorder (OUD). Covers the Stepped Care model to manage acute pain including opioid use risks, opioid free and non-pharmacological approaches for pain management, and medication-assisted treatment (MAT).

Sponsor: VA Pharmacy Benefits Management (PBM) Services
Clinical Practice Guideline for Opioid Therapy for Chronic Pain

Offers evidence-based information, recommendations, guides, and tools to Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Department of Defense (DoD) healthcare providers and patients to assist in the decision making process to improve the health and treatment of patients with chronic pain. Includes information and algorithms for determining the appropriateness, risks, duration, and frequency of opioid therapy to prioritize safe and effective opioid prescribing practices.

Sponsor: Veterans Health Administration (VHA)
Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Substance Use Disorders

Offers evidence-based information, recommendations, guides, and tools to Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Department of Defense (DoD) healthcare providers and patients to assist in the decision making process to improve the treatment and outcomes for patients with substance use disorder (SUD), including opioid use disorder (OUD) and methamphetamine use, and co-occurring mental health conditions. Describes best practices to help patients avoid preventable complications, reduce substance use, and improve their overall health and wellness.

Sponsor: Veterans Health Administration (VHA)
Guide to VA Mental Health Services for Veterans and Families

Details the mental health services Veterans Health Administration (VHA) hospitals and clinics offer for veterans and their families and describes the VHA guiding principles for mental healthcare. Discusses the resources available for veterans and family members, and instructions on locating mental healthcare facilities and providers, including suicide prevention services and telemedicine visits. Covers treatment options for common mental health concerns, such as depression, substance abuse, and post traumatic stress disorder. Offers information on specific programs available to veterans with special needs, including women, those experiencing homelessness, veterans involved with the criminal justice system, and seniors.

Sponsor: Veterans Health Administration (VHA)
HUD Exchange Rural Gateway

Serves as an information clearinghouse on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) programs, services, resources, tools, and training to support housing and economic development in rural and underserved areas, including tribal populations and veterans. Offers individual technical assistance and peer learning opportunities. Includes detailed case studies of successful programs and information on rural programs HUD previously funded. Provides links to HUD resources and information in support of community responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sponsor: Office of Rural Housing and Economic Development
Marijuana Use Patient Discussion Tool

Describes potential short and long term risks of marijuana use and how using marijuana can negatively affect attention, memory, reaction time, mental health, and organ health and function. Explains how the combination of marijuana and opioids and/or benzodiazepines can result in drowsiness, difficulty driving or operating machinery, and increased risk of overdose.

Sponsor: VA Pharmacy Benefits Management (PBM) Services
Medications for Opioid Use Disorder (OUD)

Provides information on methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone and how they are used to provide medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder (OUD). Covers the signs of an overdose and answers questions about each medication.

Sponsor: VA Pharmacy Benefits Management (PBM) Services
MyHealtheVet Overdose Education for Veterans: Learning to Use Naloxone

Offers information and training videos on how to approach the topic of naloxone to individuals taking prescription opioids and with opioid use disorders (OUD). Includes videos demonstrating how to provide training for the three types of naloxone kits offered by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), including nasal spray, auto-injector, and intramuscular.

Sponsor: Veterans Health Administration (VHA)
Office of Veterans Business Development (OVBD) Resources

Includes links and descriptions for various resources and programs supported by the Office of Veterans Business Development (OVBD) for training, startup and advanced business counseling, mentorship, and other entrepreneurial services. Assists veterans and service-disabled veterans, service members, including members of the National Guard and Reserve, and their spouses with pursuing small business ownership. Offers information and resources intended to help military entrepreneurs gain access to capital, such as grant money and small business loans.

Sponsor: Small Business Administration (SBA)
Opioid Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution Program (OEND)

Provides an overview of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) opioid overdose education and naloxone distribution (OEND) program. Focuses on reducing opioid overdoses and deaths among veterans through education and training for prevention, recognition, rescue response, and naloxone kit use. Includes OEND videos and materials for providers and patients.

Sponsor: VA Pharmacy Benefits Management (PBM) Services
Opioid Safety Initiative Toolkit

Contains field guidance, evidence-based to the extent possible, in the form of documents and presentations to support clinical decisions about starting, continuing, or tapering opioid therapy, and other challenges related to safe opioid prescribing. Includes patient and provider education, clinical tools, and other resources.

Sponsor: Veterans Health Administration (VHA)
Pain Education Materials Catalog

Provides a collection of pain-related instructional items cataloged by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Pharmacy Benefits Management (PBM) Academic Detailing Service (ADS). Helps providers assist patients with pain management by providing tools, resources, guides, and other informational materials on topics such as pain, opioid safety, headaches, opioid use disorder (OUD), opioid overdose education and naloxone distribution, and suicide.

Sponsor: VA Pharmacy Benefits Management (PBM) Services
Pain: New Ways to Treat a Common Problem, Patient Guide

Describes the two types of pain: acute and chronic. Discusses pain management strategies and treatments, including non-medication treatments, non-opioid medication treatments, and opioids.

Sponsor: VA Pharmacy Benefits Management (PBM) Services
Simple Tools to Aid and Restore (STAR) Well-Kit: Tools for Healing

Toolkit sharing educational videos on wellness practices and integrative medicine tools and techniques for veterans. Covers various topics, including the benefits of wellness practices, veterans' experiences with integrative medicine, and demonstrations of effective techniques such as breathing exercises, guided meditation, yoga, and more.

Sponsor: Veterans Health Administration (VHA)
Summary of VA Treatment Programs for Substance Use Problems

Provides an overview of treatment options for veterans experiencing substance use issues. Includes information on therapy, medications to reduce opioid and other substance use, intensive outpatient treatment, residential care, continuing care and relapse prevention, self-help groups, and more.

Sponsor: Veterans Health Administration (VHA)
VA Center for Medication Safety (VA MedSAFE)

Provides instructions for the safe disposal of unwanted and unneeded medications to prevent substance misuse and accidental poisonings. Includes safety tips to keep drugs away from children and pets, ensure proper medication storage, and proper medication disposal. Takes back unused and expired medications.

Sponsor: VA Pharmacy Benefits Management (PBM) Services
VA PBM: Academic Detailing Service (ADS) Resources

Provides access to education materials advocating for evidence-based treatments to help providers improve the health of veterans. Offers provider and patient education tools and outreach resources to encourage evidence-based decision making for a variety of medical conditions and diseases, including opioid use disorder (OUD) and substance use disorders (SUDs), pain, suicide, dementia, depression, HIV, PTSD, and more.

Sponsor: VA Pharmacy Benefits Management (PBM) Services
VA Rural Health Enterprise-Wide Initiatives

Describes the enterprise-wide initiatives (EWIs) currently supported by the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Office of Rural Health. EWIs expand upon the work of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) national programs to provide healthcare services in VA hospitals and health systems to veterans residing in rural areas across the nation. EWIs address primary care, specialty care, mental health, care coordination, workforce training and education, transportation, and more.

Sponsor: VHA Office of Rural Health (ORH)
VA Substance Use Resources

Provides an overview of alcohol and drug misuse, screening, treatment options, and programs and services for veterans. Covers evidence-based psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for substance use disorders (SUDs), medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder (OUD) and other SUDs, motivational interviewing and enhancement therapy, and more. Includes additional resources to help veterans and family members access SUD treatment and recovery support services.

Sponsor: Veterans Health Administration (VHA)
VA Whole Health

Describes a patient-centered approach to healthcare that supports veterans' overall physical, mental, and emotional health and wellness through a personalized health plan and health inventory assessment. Includes veteran-led wellness courses. Offers educational materials, online tools, mobile applications, videos, and resources designed to assist healthcare providers in implementing a whole health perspective in their clinical practices.

Sponsor: Veterans Health Administration (VHA)
Veterans Employment Toolkit Resources

Shares toolkit resources and services for employers, supervisors, and human resource professionals regarding the veteran workforce, their military experiences, and the benefits of hiring veterans. Includes information to help veterans find and obtain employment.

Sponsor: Veterans Health Administration (VHA)
VHA Compensated Work Therapy (CWT)

Provides information on compensated work therapy (CWT), a clinical vocational rehabilitation program available at Veterans Health Administration (VHA) medical centers to help veterans with mental illness or physical disabilities obtain and maintain employment. Includes information on CWT services available for veterans and CWT benefits and labor force information for employers.

Sponsor: Veterans Health Administration (VHA)