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NOVA Provides its Priorities on Mental Health Legislation to House VA Committee

Wednesday, September 9, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Ashley Lovelace
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Washington D.C. September 9, 2020 – The Nurses Organization of Veterans Affairs (NOVA) relayed its views and priorities to the House Veterans Affairs’ Committee regarding mental health and suicide prevention legislation being discussed at a hearing this week.


In a letter to Chairman Takano and Ranking Member Roe, President Kelly D. Skinner, DNP, APRN, NP-C, GNP-BC, CRRN, WCC, CFCN, highlighted the need to mandate clinical standards for community care providers equal to those for VA employees, to include training on military cultural competency, as well as providing lethal means safety training to all employees and providers as a good place to start.


“We ask the committee to include provisions that will make real progress towards combating suicide among Veterans and strengthen VA’s mental health services; to include proper funding for expanding and improving mental health care services and increasing staff in critical areas within the Department,” Skinner said.


As VA nurses on the frontlines, we remain dedicated to providing a “Whole Health” approach of which mental health and quality compassionate care is vital.