Mental Health Centers Connect New Hampshire Veterans

Mar 27, 2017

 

Credit Chris Jensen for NHPR

  A first-of-its-kind program aimed at connecting veterans with mental health treatment and other resources in New Hampshire is raising lots of questions, and that's just what it set out to do.

Under the state's Military Liaison Initiative, all 10 community mental health centers have a staff member each to direct veterans, military service members and their families to available services.

And oftentimes, it starts with a question. The centers have been a key player in a broader campaign to encourage a variety of organizations to ask clients if they or their relatives have ever served in the military so they can identify veterans and better serve them.

More than 1,300 health center staff members have undergone training since July 2015, serving roughly 2,500 patients connected to the military per month.

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