Tennessee offer veterans mental health care statewide


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Active military members, veterans and those around them have mental health care and substance abuse treatment options around the state.

There are more than 500,000 veterans living across Tennessee, and an estimated 20 percent of them have a mental health disorder diagnosis, said Marie Williams, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services. The size of Tennessee’s veteran population ranked 14th in the country in 2015, according to federal data.

Treatment of mental health disorders, such as post-traumatic stress disorder and depression, are increasingly important to the Veterans Health Administration. But VA hospitals in Nashville and Murfreesboro scored poorly in an internal performance evaluation for mental health care.

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