The DoD/VA Practice-Based Implementation (PBI) Network is an infrastructure that bridges the gap between mental health research and clinical practice in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) and the Department of Defense (DoD), and serves to more rapidly translate research findings by facilitating practice changes.
Based on the principles of implementation science, the network was designed as a means to engage clinicians and leaders in the piloting of evidence-based treatments and other emerging best practices to help service members and veterans address psychological health-related problems. The PBI Network consists of subject matter experts located in member network clinics who are poised to translate selected innovations in both departments.
The PBI Network increases provider knowledge and accountability, promotes coordination and information sharing, and aims to reduce costs by testing practice change initiatives prior to broader dissemination throughout the Military Health System (MHS).
The PBI Network uses an online community on the MAX.gov platform that serves as a knowledge repository and a resource to support practice changes, allowing DoD and VA providers to share information, materials and lessons learned.