GovernmentCIO: VA Launches Initiatives Addressing Mental Health, Veteran Homelessness

“As part of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ renewed focus on caring for America’s most vulnerable retired service members, the agency has announced two programs dedicated to expanding access to emergency mental health services and ending veteran homelessness.”

“Combining the agency’s ongoing development of its telehealth capacities and campaign to end veteran suicide, the VA has begun a partnership with OnStar to provide direct access to confidential support and emergency services through the veteran’s smartphone. The initiative aims to allocate comprehensive and direct aid to veterans who have reached a crisis point, using a singular portal for ease and speed of use…”

“As a component measure within the VA’s bolstering of community care, the agency has also pledged 425 individual grants totaling $279 million in aid to local partners that provide transitional housing and support service for homeless veterans…” Read the full article here.

Source: VA Launches Initiatives Addressing Mental Health, Veteran Homelessness – By Adam Patterson, August 26, 2020. GovernmentCIO.

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