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DoD, VA, and HHS Report on Improving Mental Health Services for Military, Veterans, and Families

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The Departments of Defense (DoD), Veterans Affairs (VA), and Health and Human Services (HHS) recently released the  Interagency Task Force on Military and Veterans Mental Health 2013 Interim Report .

U.S. Marine carrying his son

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In response to President Obama’s August, 31, 2012 Executive Order , this progress report outlines advances made to date to expand the quality and availability of mental health care services for active military service members, veterans, and their families. Highlights of the report include:

  • Increasing the capacity of the Veterans Crisis Line
  • Building partnerships between the VA and community-based mental health providers
  • Increasing the number of VA mental health providers and peer specialists
  • Implementing a national suicide prevention campaign.