Telehealth Services Expand Veteran Access to Mental Healthcare
March 2018 | By Jessica Kent
The Cohen Veterans Network (CVN), an integrated mental health system for veterans and their families, recently announced that they will soon offer low or no cost telehealth services across Washington state to help reduce the epidemic of veteran suicide.
Telehealth and in-person treatment will be available for a range of mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, anger, grief and loss, and PTSD.
CVN will partner with Valley Cities, a non-profit community behavioral health organization, to improve mental health among post-9/11 veterans and expand their access to mental healthcare.
“The rate of suicide among veterans is unacceptable in this country. We are joining the Pierce County community to save lives and save futures,” said Cohen Veterans Network President and CEO Dr. Anthony Hassan.
“In partnering with Valley Cities, we will increase access to mental health services and work collaboratively with local providers to ensure veterans and military families are provided with quality care. We are also grateful for the tremendous support and warm welcome we received from leaders and stakeholders in Pierce County.”
CVN publicly launched in 2016 and currently has seven clinics in operation. The organization aims to provide client-centered, customized, outpatient mental healthcare to veterans and military families in high-need communities.
CVN clinics have treated over 5,300 clients across the country to date, 43 percent of whom are non-veterans.
Because the organization is committed to delivering timely treatment to patients experiencing mental health issues, the expected wait between first contact and first appointment at CVN clinics is less than one week.
If patients are in crisis, the organization will schedule appointments that same day. Ninety-six percent of CVN clients report getting an appointment as soon as they wanted it.
The Washington location will serve more than 110,000 veterans and their families.
Earlier this month, CVN announced that they will also open clinics in Orlando and San Diego this coming fall, providing veterans across Florida and California with access to telehealth and in-person mental health services at low or no cost.
“Access to care is our number one priority at the Cohen Veterans Network,” Hassan said.
“Reportedly, 20 veterans a day are dying by suicide and 14 of which are never seen by the VA. Our Cohen Clinic will work collaboratively with local community providers to make the greatest impact.”