WGA calls on Congress to improve mental health care for veterans

The Western Governors’ Association submitted policy recommendations to the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, urging Congress to integrate peer support and behavioral health services for traumatic brain injuries into mental health care models for our nation’s veterans. The letter of September 25, 2023, signed by WGA Executive Director Jack Waldorf, also highlighted the need to support suicide prevention programs and ensure equitable access to essential health care services in rural areas. “With one-third of the known veteran population residing in western states, Governors recommend federal regulatory and statutory changes to foster an environment that facilitates access to support services for veterans and encourages further investment in initiatives tailored to assist them,” the letter notes. Read the full transmittal for additional details.

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