VA and Mental Health
Starting this week, the office of Veteran Affairs will be paying for all emergency mental health care. This is a nationwide effort to help prevent suicide among all Veterans and this biggest catch is that the care is free.
How it works
- Veterans can visit a VA or Non-VA medical facility to receive help for a mental health crisis
- Veterans do not need to be enrolled in VA healthcare to receive help
- The care that can be received is up to 30 days and outpatient care for up to 90 days
The goal of the new program is to lower the Veteran suicide rate. This effort is a vital part of the VA’s 10 year National Strategy for Preventing Veteran Suicide.
“Veterans in suicidal crisis can now receive the free, world-class emergency health care they deserve – no matter where they need it, when they need it, or whether they’re enrolled in VA care,” said VA Secretary for Veterans Affairs Denis McDonough. “This expansion of care will save Veterans’ lives, and there’s nothing more important than that.”
Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs – Starting Jan. 17, Veterans in suicidal crisis can go to any VA or non-VA health care facility for free emergency health care. VA.gov. https://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=5852
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