VA Emergency Mental Health Treatment

By: Edward Jaffee Abes

As a general rule, Veterans with discharges other than Honorable Discharges face many limitations to their Veterans’ Benefits. One of those limitations is being lifted.

Beginning July 5, 2017, all veterans will have access to VA Hospital emergency rooms for mental health treatment. Veterans with mental health issues, such as PTSD, suicidal thoughts, diagnosed mental diseases, can receive up to 90 days of treatment for mental health emergencies. Treatment may include residential, inpatient, or outpatient services.

Estimates put the number of veteran suicides at 20 per day. This new program is aimed at lowering that number.

The Veterans Crisis Line is also open to all veterans in need of immediate mental health assistance. To access the program, call 800-273-8255 and press 1, text 838255, or visit https://www.veteranscrisisline.net.

Treatment is important, but so is making sure once treatment concludes Veterans have a stable, secure home, food, and medical care so that they can focus on getting better. The attorneys at Abes Baumann work every day to ensure disabled Veterans get all the benefits they earned.



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