NAADAC Supports the Veteran Wellness Act of 2017

NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, supports the Veteran Wellness Act of 2017, legislation that would bring mental healthcare to our Veterans by establishing a two-year grant program to provide integrative wellness programs at Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs). The bill is sponsored by Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH), along with Glen “GT” Thompson (R-PA).

NAADAC’s Executive Director, Cynthia Moreno Tuohy, reached out to Congressman Ryan on behalf of NAADAC to express its support:

Dear Congressman Ryan:

On behalf of the 100,000 addiction professionals in the United States and 10,000 members of NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, I am writing to express our support for the Veteran Wellness Act of 2017.

NAADAC applauds your efforts to bring a needed increase in mental healthcare to Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs) through integrative wellness programs. NAADAC and its Military and Veteran Advisory Committee are optimistic that by building onto the established and trusted community organizations, the initiative will provide needed resources to those community facilities and programs that are experiencing diminished services and are struggling in underserved and rural locations. We are confident that the two-year grant program will aid in developing and enhancing the foundation of mental healthcare provided by VSOs and aid in addressing the devastating struggles experienced by Veterans.

We greatly appreciate your work in Congress to build momentum and raise awareness of the need for this legislation. We look forward to working with your office in support of the Veteran Wellness Act of 2017 and urge your staff to contact me at 703.741.7686 x119 or cmorenotuohy@naadac.org aif we can be of any assistance.

Sincerely,

Cynthia Moreno Tuohy, NCAC II, CCDC II, SAP
Executive Director


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Kristin Hamilton
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703.741.7686 x 131

NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, represents the professional interests of more than 100,000 addiction counselors, educators and other addiction-focused healthcare professionals in the United States, Canada, and abroad. NAADAC’s members are addiction counselors, educators, and other addiction-focused health care professionals, who specialize in addiction prevention, treatment, recovery support, and education. An important part of the healthcare continuum, NAADAC members, and its 47 state affiliates work to create healthier individuals, families and communities through prevention, intervention, quality treatment and recovery support.