National veterans’ organizations joined Delaware Senator Chris Coons and 12 of his colleagues on Tuesday in calling for passage of the Excellence in Mental Health Act, which would expand access to treatment and improve the quality of care at Community Mental Health Centers. It also puts mental health services on more equal footing with physical health services.
Due to the additional importance of mental health services in curbing gun violence, the measure will be added as an amendment to upcoming legislation on reducing gun violence.
Sen. Coons says one in four veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan will need mental health treatment of some kind, and Community Mental Health Centers are expected to soon be serving over 200,000 veterans.
Twenty-two veterans commit suicide every day in the United States.
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