(AP) - The Kentucky National Guard, the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs
and the University of Louisville
have launched an outpatient program as a way to mitigate the backlog of cases
awaiting action by the federal Veterans Affairs administration.
The goal of the program, officials say, is to move veterans more quickly
into treatment after they are either referred or seek out help on their own for
problems such as depression or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
The Kentucky National Guard received an $80,000 grant from the Kentucky
Department of Veterans Affairs to create the program.
A full time social worker handles requests with a relatively short
turnaround time and a team from the University
of Louisville handles dealing with
the medication and privacy issues.
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