Senate committee to review mental health services and suicide prevention efforts for veterans

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Senate committee to review mental health services and suicide prevention efforts for veterans

TRENTON — Monday’s meeting of the Senate Military and Veterans Affairs Committee will include a public hearing on mental health services for veterans and the status of suicide prevention efforts, said Sen. Joe Cryan, chairman of the committee. , before the hearing.

The committee will also consider a range of bills to support veterans and their families, including measures that will make vital services more affordable and accessible.

“We want to get an update on the status of mental health programs for veterans, including suicide prevention services, to ensure our veterans get the help they need and that they deserve,” said Sen. Joe Cryan (D-Union). “Because of their military service, these men and women suffer from high rates of mental health problems and a tragically high number of suicides. We want to make sure that we are doing everything we can to provide treatment and everything possible to prevent suicides. Our veterans deserve nothing less.

The Senate Committee on Military Affairs and Veterans Affairs will meet on Monday, November 7 at 10 a.m., Committee Room 1, State House Annex, Trenton. The hearing will be available via the OLS website (https://www.njleg.state.nj.us/live-proceedings).

Participants who will testify about mental health services and suicide prevention for veterans will include:

Michael Boll, President of the New Jersey Veterans Network

Terry Dearden, CMP, Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

Bradley Christensen, Essex and Hudson County Veterans Services Officer

The discussion will include an update on “Save NJ Vets,” the Governor’s program to prevent suicides among military members, veterans and family members.

Veterans’ bills on the committee’s agenda:

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