Many times veterans find a tough time that local veteran hospitals do not provide treatment options for mental health issues. Even if they can get some assistance, people have to wait for a long time to meet a professional and to get the assistance. Now there is good news that a private program named Cohen Veterans Network is providing assistance to military veterans with high-quality mental health care options.
Currently, the clinic network has branches in five locations, and four more new offices are scheduled to inaugurate in the coming months. The clinics of the network try to offer comprehensive solutions focusing mental health and looking to provide services without any delay. “We ensure that people get an appointment within a week when they call to fix an appointment, and that makes there is a negligible waiting time,” said Dr. Amy Williams, the clinical director of north Texas location.
The Cohen network is set up by Steven A. Cohen, a prominent hedge fund manager, and it offers free treatment options that are supported by charity contributions. Interestingly, the network also serves the families of veterans as well, and that means, the spouse and children of a veteran can also avail the free medical aid. The network has a focus on the well-being of the entire family, and it claims that all the military families have responded very positively to the services.
It should be noted that treating the family of veterans and their family are not something VA is efficiently doing or setup to do so. The veteran health care needs are a long-time hot discussion topic, and there is a criticism that VA is not providing a qualified service to the people who served the country. The initiatives like Cohen Veterans Network can address the issues with best possible care and additional options to the military family.
News source: http://www.military.com/daily-news/2017/07/19/us-vets-offered-free-mental-health-care-burgeoning-nonprofit.html
When Donald Trump was still on his campaign trail he made a comment regarding the United States Veteran’s. He said if he ever heard any complaints about the health care system that operates through Veterans’ Affairs he would simply pick up his phone and make certain he fixed the problem himself.
Almost a year has passed since President Donald Trump made the comment and many individuals find it extremely difficult to believe he has not heard any complaints yet. United States Veterans are struggling with a health care system that has poor service, limited access and must function with bureaucratic operational processes and systems. For more information regarding the healthcare available for United States Veterans please visit https://www.forbes.com/sites/dougschoen/2017/07/18/our-veterans-deserve-better-fixing-a-broken-va-healthcare-system/#3e137ed8b5f4.
Congress made an attempt to improve the care received by United States Veterans in 2014. This was accomplished with the use of a provision in the Veterans Access, Accountability, and Choice Act. This act is responsible for the direction of the Veterans Health Administration referred to as the VHA. Congress felt a temporary program was needed and would give United States Veterans a much better choice. Unfortunately the reform brought nothing but minimal benefits to the Veterans. These problems are absolutely unacceptable for the men and women who have served the United States. All United States Veterans deserve a health care system that is always available to fulfill their needs, capable of delivering excellent patient care with wait times as short as possible and prompt access.
David Shulken is the Secretary of Veteran Affairs and attended the Stand To Summit on July 23rd of 2017. The summit was held at the George Bush Institute In Washington. He made a statement in regards to the United States Veterans because he feels the current system in functioning poorly and is not delivering the services required by the Veterans. He stated this could not continue.
In February Dr. Shulkin was appointed the new VA secretary. Dr. Shukin admits that our veterans face more disabilities and mental health problems then veterans ten years ago did. He is working with U.S.Vets and pushing for reform. U.S.Vets has been working in communities across the United States for more then two decades. Dr. Shukin knows that teaming up with them will help provide veterans the necessary care, both physical and mental, that they require.
One change that Dr. Shulkin wanted to immediately implement was the level of education for those professionals working with veterans. By hiring a staff of mental health professionals with Masters degrees Dr. Shulkin hopes to start seeing increased levels of efficiency with care. Those with Master’s level case managers will hopefully be brought back to self-efficiency in a smoother manner. Suicide prevention is one the top concerns of U.SVets. Veterans are at a 21% higher risk of committing suicide due to trauma from combat, sexual assault or even life prior to deployment. By providing more equipped mental health specialists Dr. Shulkin is hoping to reduce the amount of veteran suicides.
White U.S.Vets make outreach to homeless vets their main priority, Dr. Shulkin is hoping to expand veteran outreach. During his time at the Department of Veterans Affairs he is hoping to find ways to provide better access to care to vets who use the Choice Care program to gain access to healthcare. Additionally Dr. Shulkin needs to focus resources on aging veterans who are also in need of the healthcare that they earned. It is quite a task to work on change and improvement within the VA but Dr. Shulkin is hopeful to make a possitive influence for the veterans who have given so much and earned the healthcare they deserve.