IMPROVEMENTS AT THE VA: MAKING PROGRESS

Mental Health

There are executive actions in progress designed to improve the mental health of military service members, veterans, and their families.

Improving Service Members’ Transition from DoD to VA and Civilian Health Care Providers: “ inTransition” is a program that focuses on servicepersons with mental health care needs to facilitate a smooth transition to mental health care through the VA.

 

Improving Access and Quality of Mental Health Care at the DoD and VA: the VA will expand mental health peer support to veterans being treated in primary care settings.

 

Continuing our Commitment to Improve Treatments for Mental Health Conditions including PTSD. 

Efforts will now focus on early detection of suicidal tendencies, PTSD, and long term effects of TBI, and other related issues in service members and veterans.

 

Raising Awareness About Mental Health and Encouraging Individuals to Seek Help: VA and DoD are expanding their suicide prevention and mental health training for healthcare providers, chaplains, and employees who work directly with veterans.

 

Improving Patient Safety and Suicide Prevention: VA and DoD are taking action to provide new opportunities for service members, veterans, and their families to give back unwanted medications, and thereby help reduce the opportunities for abuse. The Departments are also taking action to encourage firearm safety and reduce the risk of overdose.

 

Strengthening Community Resources for Service Members, Veterans, and Their Families:  Training will be provided for mental health professionals in understanding military culture and the experiences of service members and their families and the subsequent effect on PTSD

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