VA North Texas Health Care System
VA North Texas Hosts Dallas Mental Health Summit
Meeting the mental health needs of Veterans and their families is among the highest priorities for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Summits scheduled across the country aim to build relationships between VA and community organizations to ensure Veterans get the care they need.
While mental health resources continue to expand, Veteran-centric and recovery-oriented care requires active collaboration with organizations in the community to help VA:
promote awareness and use of VA mental health care resources
help Veterans gain access to community services
build a healthy network of community resources for Veterans and their families
To forge strong relationships with non-VA resources, VA North Texas Health Care System hosted its mental health summit in Dallas on August 14. The summit served to begin a dialogue of strategies for seamless collaboration while identifying gaps and mental healthcare challenges through shared experiences, lessons learned and best practices. Panel discussions covered Accessing Mental Health Services, Surviving to Thriving, and Family Needs and Solutions. Assistance to register in the VA National Resource Directory was also provided.
VA North Texas Director Jeff Milligan said, “The majority of returning service members and their families are resilient to the stresses of war and successfully readjust to life after deployment. But for Veterans who need additional assistance, no matter what era of service, it is imperative that we come together as one community — including both public and private entities -- to provide the care and resources these Veterans need and deserve.”
The summit brought VA together with local non-VA agencies and organizations to develop a plan to address mental healthcare needs of Veterans and residents throughout the DFW area. For more information about the Dallas summit or opportunities to partner, contact Brenda Thompson at 214-857-0815.