Veterans Mental Health Coalition
MHA-NYC's commitment to addressing the complex issues facing returning service members and their families with mental health and substance abuse needs is maintained through The Veterans Mental Health Coalition of New York City (VMHC), a diverse constituency of more than 900 members who are working together to improve access to, and the quality of, behavioral health services for veterans and military families.
Awareness & Action Alert: Events in Falluja and Its Impact on our Service Members, Veterans, and Military Families. Read the alert here.
Veterans Mental Health Summit held in partnership with the VA and NAMI NYC-Metro on July 30, 2013. Read a synopsis of the event.
Read Kimberly Williams' article on suicide among veterans, published in the Huffington Post on June 4, 2013.
Read VMHC Director Scott Thompson's testimony to the New York City Council in support of the Veterans' Mental Health Initiative, delivered on April 22, 2013.
Need services? Download the VMHC Veterans Resource Guide
The Veterans' Mental Health Coalition (VMHC) of New York City was founded in 2009 by MHA-NYC in collaboration with the National Alliance on Mental Illness of New York City (NAMI-NYC Metro).
The VMHC was formed to confront the current and growing unmet mental health needs of veterans, service members, and their families. The VMHC works to improve access to, and the quality of, mental health and substance abuse care for veterans, service members, and their families through education, information, collaboration, and promotion of a comprehensive array of services.
The VMHC consists of a cross-section of over 900 veterans' service and advocacy representatives; behavioral health, health, and social services providers; and local, state, and federal government officials.
The Veterans Mental Health Coalition has established four Subcommittees:
- Veterans' Mental Health ActionSubCommittee of NYC: advocates for sound mental health policy at the city, state, and federal levels. The Action Committee has been active in promoting state legislation and organizing state and local hearings on the behavioral health needs of veterans, service members, and their families.
- Education SubCommittee: disseminates information about evidence-based treatments and other support services currently available in NYC; educates stakeholders in the community about the issues facing soldiers and their families and how best they can be helped; and improves the knowledge-base and clinical competencies of helping professionals and social service providers.
- Women Veterans' Subcommittee: advocates for women veterans and their specific needs and concerns. Most recent subcommitee. Currently in the process of identifynig and creating agenda.
- Outreach Subcommittee: identifies and promotes innovative ways to provide better outreach and information to veterans through the use of websites, social media, and other forms of communication. Committee is also dedicated to finding ways to reachout to the civilian community in establishing communication and understanding between veterans and civilians.
The VMHC has also become a major source of information, training, and education regarding veterans' mental health practice and policy. This includes:
- an annual lecture series on best practices with national experts;
- co-sponsorship of local and state educational events;
- presentations at conferences;
- advocacy events and trade association meetings;
- a monthly e-newsletter (Voice of Veterans) and bi-weekly event bulletin;
- briefing materials.
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