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Tomah VA to host Veteran Mental Health, Homelessness Summit

| August 15, 2014 | 0 Comments
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TOMAH, Wis. – The Tomah Veterans Affairs Medical Center will hold its
second annual Veteran Mental Health Summit on Wednesday, Aug. 20, from 8a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Cranberry Country Lodge in Tomah. This year’s
Veteran Mental Health Summit will be combined with an annual Veteran
Homelessness Summit.

The purpose of the summit is to assemble regional stakeholders to develop
ideas to further address mental health and homelessness, and to enhance
access to mental healthcare services, for veterans residing in the 14
counties served by Tomah VA.

Tomah VA leadership, staff and health care providers from a variety of
recovery and treatment programs will be in attendance. Community
stakeholders invited to the summit include representatives from Veterans
Service Organizations, VA Vet Centers, County Veteran Service Officers,
elected officials, law enforcement agencies, and others.

The keynote speaker, the Honorable Judge Todd Bjerke, will then discuss the La Crosse Area Veterans Court, following overviews of local veteran mental health and homelessness.

Breakout sessions will be held to collect stakeholder’s input. The breakout
sessions will identify methods and strategies to educate younger veterans
and their families on the range of mental health services that are
available, identify the gaps and/or challenges in accessing mental health
services, and develop strategies to address the identified needs and gaps.
A separate breakout group will be focused on veteran homelessness.

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