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During his "State of the City" address Tuesday afternoon, Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms announced that a new type of clinic for military veterans and their families is coming to Virginia Beach. Cohen Veterans Network (CVN), a privately-funded network of mental health clinics for post-9/11 military veterans, will be opening a new clinic in Virginia Beach "sometime in November or December," according to Anthony Guido, vice-president of communications and marketing for CVN. The clinic will provide mental health care services to veterans and their families, regardless of the veterans' discharge status. Guido said this means some veterans who are not eligible for healthcare at veterans hospitals may get access to much-needed services via the clinic.

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VA Partners with Cohen Veterans Network to Increase Access to Mental Health Resources

www.va.gov

February 27, 2018, 11:32:00 AM

WASHINGTON -- Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Cohen Veterans Network, Inc., (CVN) announced a new partnership to increase Veterans' access to mental health resources to reduce Veteran suicides.

The partnership will allow VA and CVN to work together to advance and improve Veterans' mental health and well-being and expand and promote community collaboration to increase Veterans' access to mental health resources.

"VA and CVN have a shared goal to improve Veterans' health and access to mental health services to reduce Veteran suicide," said VA Secretary David J. Shulkin.

"With 14 out of the 20 Veterans who take their own lives per day not engaging VA care, partnerships such as this help those Veterans, as well as their families, receive care where they live."

As part of the collaboration, VA and CVN will:

Work together on potential mental health education initiatives, consumer marketing and public health messaging.

Discuss potential locations for Cohen Clinics in regions believed to have underserved Veterans in need of mental health care services.

Collaborate to share publicly available, VA-developed educational resources for health care providers, such as military culture training and suicide prevention training with CVN staff and clinic employees.

"This partnership will help us save lives by getting care to Veterans faster and, therefore, preventing suicides," said Dr. Anthony Hassan, president and CEO of CVN.

"We are excited about partnering with VA and advancing the field through innovative clinician training initiatives and public messaging.

This partnership adds another layer of depth and quality to our robust network of Cohen Military Family Clinics."


It's nice to see that CVN is legit, and that they're partnering with the VA to identify and help those veterans who aren't VA connected.

#1 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2018-05-12 06:48 PM | Reply

#1

It seems nice on the surface. But I won't be a bit surprised if the motives for this are NOT purely philanthropic. I would not be surprised if this clinic is still eventually leveraged into a significant revenue stream to this Cohen Veterans Network from the VA.

#2 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2018-05-12 07:36 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

NOT purely philanthropic.

Idk, Cohen's son is a USMC combat veteran with a deployment to Afghanistan; another article I read was that this direction of philanthropic funds and direct action was inspired by seeing the need for expanded services after his son's service and the guys and gals he served alongside.

#3 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2018-05-12 10:03 PM | Reply

#2 Some people engage in acts of philanthropy for the sole reason of being a philanthropist.

#4 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-05-14 01:08 PM | Reply

"I like veterans that don't have mental health problems."

#5 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-05-14 04:55 PM | Reply

i grew up with Mayor Sessoms.

in 5th grade we play acted the Beatles...made a little movie....

i'm floored. way to go, Will. thank you.

#6 | Posted by ichiro at 2018-05-14 10:04 PM | Reply

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