Waco: Veterans research institute awarded $500,000

The Baylor Scott & White Research Institute center says the grant will help expand evidence-based mental health treatment. (MGN)
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WACO, Texas (KWTX) A Central Texas research institute was awarded a grant for $500,000 Thursday to help all veterans and their families regardless of discharge status.

The Baylor Scott & White Research Institute center says the grant will help expand evidence-based mental health treatment.

“We are honored that the Texas Veterans Commission chose to support these convenient, effective treatments for veterans and veteran family members,” said Suzy Gulliver, Warriors Research Institute director.

The program will build upon and expand on the success of a pilot program.

The Statewide Evidence-Based Telehealth Treatment will build on the success of Vet PaTHs and is expected to provide high-quality, accessible treatment to more veterans and their family members who are dealing with post-traumatic stress syndrome and other mental health challenges.

Via a telehealth clinic, the patient can speak directly with their providers on a live video conference either on a computer of cellphone. The program is administered by clinicians who have had military and veteran cultural awareness training, including consultations with an experienced war veteran and licensed mental health professional, Baylor Scott & White said.

Veterans or family members interested in participating in the Statewide Evidence-Based Telehealth Treatment program can reach WRI at (254) 716-6208 or wri@bswhealth.org.