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Monday, October 1, 2012

Vets with mental health issues seek help

Although it could take a minimum of 125 days to process a veterans' disability claim, the U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs has developed an online Community Provider Toolkit ( aimed at delivering support, therapeutic tools, and resources to community providers treating Veterans for mental health concerns.

“Many Veterans seek mental health care at VA, yet many also choose to go to providers in their community,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. “VA is committed to helping Veterans wherever they may seek care. This toolkit will enable those community providers who treat Veterans to better understand the specific issues Veterans face and help them access VA resources.”

The goal of the Community Provider Toolkit is to further enhance the delivery of mental health services to Veterans through increased communication and coordination of care between community providers and VA. It not only provides information about accessing, communicating with, and, if needed, making referrals to VA, but also provides effective tools to assist Veterans who are dealing with a variety of mental health challenges.

Those interested in further information can go to or to find educational materials including courses for providers and best practices in mental health treatment.

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