Veterans Mental Health Coalition (VMHC)
MHA-NYC takes its job of advocating for policy and practice improvements seriously. Never resting until mental wellness is attainable for everyone, we track changing trends and advance reforms that focus on the most pressing unmet mental health needs.
Striving for better care
The mission of MHA-NYC’s Center for Policy, Advocacy and Education is to identify underserved areas of mental health needs and to bring collaborators together to meet those needs.
This year, we advocated safeguarding the behavioral health gains provided by the Affordable Care Act, which has hovered on the edge of dissolution for several months, putting at risk critical services for people facing mental health challenges. At the same time, we have put our energies into building strategic partnerships to better meet the mental wellbeing of veterans, service members and their families.
Together with The New York State Health Foundation, the Veterans Mental Health Coalition of NYC, a 1,000-member association MHA-NYC co-founded in 2009, hosted a series of public events to highlight successful public-private partnerships between the VA and community providers and provide recommendations for replication in order to spur future collaborations.
Loree Sutton, MD, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Veterans’ Services said, “We applaud the Veterans Mental Health Coalition (VMHC) for their tireless dedication to the veterans’ community. From convening partners to providing training, VMHC continually exceeds expectations in terms of service to veterans, their families, and the providers who support them. We are thrilled to call VMHC a partner in our work to serve this community.”
The Center for Policy, Advocacy and Education raises the volume of the mental health conversation in this country and improves services for all who need them by building communication, convening resources, fostering partnerships, conducting policy analyses, and educating policymakers.