Improving Access to Mental Health Services for Veterans, Service Members, and Military Families

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On August 31, 2012, the President released an Executive Order to improve access to mental health services for veterans, service members and their families. BIAA applauds the President for taking action on this very important issue so that all returning service members, veterans and their families receive the access to mental health services they deserve.

In Section 5 of the Executive Order, the President requests the establishment of a National Research Action Plan to better understand the underlying mechanisms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), other mental health conditions, and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). The National Research Action Plan will research prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of PTSD, TBI and other mental health conditions. In order to improve the coordination of agency research into these conditions and reduce the number of affected men and women through better prevention, diagnosis, and treatment, the Departments of Defense, Veterans Affairs, Health and Human Services, and Education, in coordination with the Office of Science and Technology Policy, shall establish the National Research Action Plan within 8 months of the date of this order.

This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations. To read the complete Executive Order click here.