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EANGUS Call to Action Alert; 27 January 2015

Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act

This is a legislative Call-To-Action from EANGUS. Please follow this link to contact your Senators to tell them to pass the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act when it comes to the floor. The bill would ensure VA’s mental health and suicide prevention efforts receive crucial independent, third party oversight while creating a greater accounting of available services and fostering an enhanced community approach to delivering veterans suicide prevention and mental health care treatment.

The Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act seeks to quell this epidemic by:

Increasing Access to Mental Health Care and Capacity at VA to Meet Demand
• Requires the VA to create a one-stop, interactive website to serve as a centralized source of information regarding all VA mental health services for veterans.
• Addresses the shortage of mental health care professionals by authorizing the VA to conduct a student loan repayment pilot program aimed at recruiting and retaining psychiatrists.

Improving the Quality of Care and Boosting Accountability at VA
• Requires evaluations of all mental health care and suicide prevention practices and programs at the VA to find out what’s working and what’s not working and make recommendations to improve care.

Developing a Community Support System for Veterans
• Establishes a peer support and community outreach pilot program to assist transitioning Service members with accessing VA mental health care services.

The link above will take you to the EANGUS National Office’s new advocacy software platform and is compatible with smartphones (though a cell phone is not required). If you are reading this message on your mobile device, you can utilize the above link to take action now. EANGUS staff encourage you to take advantage of the social media tools embedded in the software to promote our Legislative Calls-To-Action and involve your friends in our campaigns.
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