Or­der aims to ease vet­er­ans’ ac­cess to men­tal health

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An ex­ec­u­tive or­der signed by Pres­i­dent Barack Obama launched a pi­lot pro­gram with HHS-funded fa­cil­i­ties to re­duce vet­er­ans’ men­tal health­care wait times. The or­der di­rected the Vet­er­ans Af­fairs Depart­ment to es­tab­lish with HHS at least 15 pi­lot sites where vet­er­ans on wait­ing lists could re­ceive needed men­tal health­care. Those sites in­clude community health cen­ters, community men­tal health clin­ics, community sub­stance-abuse treat­ment fa­cil­i­ties and other HHS-funded lo­ca­tions in “ar­eas where VA has faced chal­lenges in hir­ing and plac­ing men­tal health ser­vice providers and con­tin­ues to have un­filled va­can­cies or long wait times.” The ex­ec­u­tive or­der also di­rected HHS and the VA to plan a ru­ral men­tal health re­cruit­ment ini­tia­tive that pro­motes ways for the VA and ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties “to share men­tal health providers when de­mand is in­suf­fi­cient for ei­ther to sup­port a full-time provider.”

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