The Biden administration’s proposed $113.1 billion spending bill for the Department of Veterans Affairs addresses delivery of health-care services, homelessness, suicide prevention, support for caregivers, and technological improvements. Provisions include:
· $97.5 billion for medical care at VA facilities. Programs for women’s health, mental health, and suicide prevention would increase. Treatments for substance abuse and trauma triggered by experiences while in uniform also would increase. The program for getting homeless veterans off the streets would receive $2.1 billion.
· Suicide-outreach programs would receive $542 million, and include plans to increase the capacity of the Veterans Crisis Line.
· Medical and prosthetic research efforts would be funded at $882 million, with special attention directed toward traumatic brain injury, toxic exposure, and their long-term effects.
· Modernization of VA’s electronic health-record system would receive $2.7 billion.
· Information technology focused on improving delivery of services would receive $4.8 billion.
The administration plans to submit a more detailed VA budget to Congress in the coming months.
Live Facebook event on suicide prevention coming up:
FRIDAY, MAY 21, 2021 AT 2 PM EDT | Free · Facebook Live
Organized by OneMoreDay
Come listen to Dr. David Rudd who is one of the most well known experts on suicide prevention. Our topic will be “immediate action items that can taken to reduce suicide”.
This is the most important suicide prevention webinar we have hosted yet. We already have several hundred confirmations and our panel includes the following people:
Members from the Joint Chiefs, the Joint Chiefs J1, the Army War College, the Senate Armed Services Committee, the Chief of Naval Operations staff, the National Guard Bureau, the heads of the largest VSOs (the VFW, the Legion, DAV, MOAA and the Air Force Association). We have Senators, Congressman, state and local leaders, private corporation leaders, State Suicide prevention leaders and 7 State’s Veteran Departments.
We have flag level leaders from the Army; the Navy, the Air Force and Space Force. We also have many of the boots on the ground suicide prevention people.
One More Day will also be launching two new initiatives. We will also have the President of LivingWorks who will briefly describe their suicide prevention programs.