APA is strongly urging psychiatrists to contact their senators and representatives to register their support for passage of the bill, which is known as the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans (SAV) Act. The SAV Act (S. 2930/H.R. 5059) would, among other provisions, establish a medical school loan repayment program for psychiatrists in the VHA, which the law's supporters hope will be an effective tool to recruit more psychiatrists to the agency. With Congress considering comprehensive reform to the VHA, there is momentum for improving mental health care, but members of Congress need to hear from their constituents. Click here to contact your representatives urging them to support the Clay Hunt SAV Act.
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