Are Public-Private Partnerships the Future of Serving Veterans? Article by Derek Coy, Health Affairs


After discharge from military service, veterans (and their families) often face unique healthcare challenges. Specifically, recent research has shown that “having a partner with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can increase the risk of the other partner developing a mental health problem, so both veterans and their spouses may require care for behavioral health issues.”

To alleviate barriers standing in the way of Veterans and their loved ones receiving timely, coordinated treatment, Northwell Health (the nation’s fourteenth-largest health care system) and the Northport VA Medical Center on Long Island, launched Unified Behavioral Health Center (UBHC). This program aims to “co-locate and coordinate behavioral health services, both public and private, in one location that serves both veterans and their families.”

In its capacity as a “neutral third-party convener,” The Margolin Group (TMG) unites hospitals, physicians, payers, group purchasers, government officials, consumers, and other key community stakeholders in providing patients with a more coordinated, seamless care experience. Additionally, TMG, through its work with the Gitenstein Institute for Health Law and Policy, has been building an interdisciplinary program that provides Veterans in New York with the healthcare, legal and educational support needed to lead fulfilling, productive lives post-military discharge.

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