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Priorities & Policies | VA Mental Health

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About VA Mental Health

Priorities and Policies


In September 2022, the VA Under Secretary for Health announced VA’s latest health care priorities for the next few years. All of VA’s priorities are focused on providing Veterans with the latest, highest-quality care — the care they earned and deserve.

Understand VA’s plans for addressing these priorities.


As legislative landscapes change, so do public policies that affect VA and Veterans’ health care. In recent years, Veterans’ care has received significant enhancements due to legislative acts like these:

VHA Mental Health and Suicide Prevention — Legislative Impacts and Opportunities

  • Care and Readiness Enhancement (CARE) for Reservists Act of 2019
  • Protecting Moms Who Served Act of 2021

Looking Ahead

In 2023, the White House is seeking to invest hundreds of millions of dollars in VA research programs, clinical trials and epidemiological studies on suicide risk and prevention. It also proposes to direct $16 billion toward improving access to quality mental health care and lowering the cost of mental health services for Veterans.

The administration’s proposed budget would also provide significant funds to support VA’s National Suicide Prevention Strategy and to continue expanding the Veterans Crisis Line’s nationwide 988 number for 24/7 mental health support.

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