Purpose & Strategic Goals

The 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. The PBI Network consists of subject matter experts located in member network clinics who are poised to translate selected innovations in both departments.

PBI Network goals in both DoD and VA:

  • Improve efficiency of new practice implementation through use of standing clinical implementation sites

  • Increase involvement of field clinicians, managers, and patients in the processes of implementation to ensure that real-world perspectives are carefully considered

  • Identify barriers and facilitators of implementation and learn from local solutions developed by participating facilities

  • Increase coordination, teamwork, and information sharing across primary care, specialized PTSD treatment clinics, and general mental health clinics

  • Increase speed of innovation adoption

  • Improve clinician skills and accountability for patient outcomes

  • Enhance collaboration across departments

  • Conduct and evaluate small scale and facility-based projects prior to enterprise change initiatives; avoid unnecessary failures and waste of resources

  • Incorporate quality improvement methods, to include formative evaluation before, during, and after implementation

Based on the principles of implementation science (IS), the network was designed as a means to engage clinicians and leaders in the implementation of evidence-based treatments and other emerging best practices, which are among our best hopes to help veterans and service members address psychological health related problems. Partnership with clinicians and managers ensures that real-world perspectives on change are carefully considered, and that attention is given to local solutions developed by participating facilities.