A bill introduced in the House by Majority Leader John Bell (R-Wayne) would seek to improve services related to mental health and substance abuse for military veterans. House Bill 370, titled “No Veteran Left Behind,” would establish a pilot program expanding the Veterans Justice Intervention (VJI) program in Brunswick, Craven, Cumberland, Onslow, Union and Wayne counties. The money for the program included in the bill calls for half a million to be appropriated from the N.C. General Fund.
The focus of the program includes expansion of training for local law enforcement, local sheriff’s offices and a variety of first responders on veteran-specific crisis intervention and suicide prevention. Those participating in the training will also get better acquainted with resources made available by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
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