Vet­er­ans to get stress in­jury clinic in Hal­i­fax area in fall: min­is­ter

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA - THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

For­mer mil­i­tary and RCMP vet­er­ans in the Hal­i­fax area will see ex­panded men­tal health and sup­port ser­vices by the fall, says Vet­er­ans Af­fairs Min­is­ter Erin O'Toole.

O'Toole an­nounced Fri­day that the fed­eral gov­ern­ment re­mains com­mit­ted to an agree­ment signed in May with the Nova Sco­tia Health Au­thor­ity to es­tab­lish an op­er­a­tional stress in­jury clinic in Oc­to­ber.

The fa­cil­ity would pro­vide as­sess­ment, di­ag­no­sis and treat­ment ser­vices.

The fed­eral depart­ment says it is hir­ing 45 new em­ploy­ees in the Hal­i­fax area by the end of March 2016 in­clud­ing 13 case man­agers and 26 dis­abil­ity ben­e­fits staff.

“We are ex­pand­ing the net­work of men­tal health ser­vices avail­able to vet­er­ans and their fam­i­lies and will con­tinue to re­view and eval­u­ate ser­vices to en­sure vet­er­ans needs are met,” O'Toole said in a news re­lease.

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