For Individual Participants: Overcoming Barriers

Transportation for Mental Health

There's a hearing right now in the House about mental health treatment in the VHA. Staffing and wait times are of course the major problems - has anyone run into lack of transportation as a problem for receiving adequate treatment?


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    Steve Yaffe

    Does the VA outsource any mental health treatment to community providers with expertise in TBI and Post Traumatic Stress?

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    Community Member

    Of course! Have been progressively shut in since Beginning of Beginning of 2011. Begging for rides from Neighbors is not the way to go. Fixed route system unhealthy option leaving me shut in since October and begging rides. Have Tricare that supplements my Medicare. Paratransit that supplements Fixed route does not handle mobile brain disabled and deal with Doctors out of military that did brain surgery. Moving out of State 2 weeks because my health is at risk in this manner in this State. FTA complaint filed, still not received answer, still shut in, lost healthcare access, supports of family, friends because no safe transportation, FTA no help, State no help, want wait on Feds per Ombuds and notified Brig Gen of Gov off.

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    Clifford Hymowitz

    My concern is where veterans with PTSD or TBIwill be placed with in the Mental Health system. PTSD & TBI face additional cognitive deficits that can cause an inappropriate regement can cause an individual more harm than good, particularly when it comes to dependency on perscription medication. This is why I submitted a suggestion for mandatory Mobility Assessments for all returning Veterans.

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      Community Member

      Fact:Only treating doctors need to be doing these assessments! Transportation people are not qualified to perform the needed assessments for people as myself that are mobile with parts of brain missing! We have many issues far beyond cognitive that do not include abuse of drugs or alcohol and also may not include notable cognitive impairments as relates directly to travel, but on the transverse, travel itself may affect cognition! This needs to be studied by a qualified medical professional in a safe setting. Something that is not being performed in the transportation setting today, with qualified medical personnel that can intervene for medical events where travel induces cognitive changes in awareness!

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    Community Member

    If public transit and paratransit aren't suitable transportation alternatives, could volunteer drivers fill the void? If so, would you suggest any special training? And, where would someone access such training?

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      Community Member

      I would suggest a full compliment of training in medical first responding for volunteer drivers as required of tax-funded public transportation. There seems to be no reason for a public to pay for transportation to be left in the lurch without. If not receiving public transportation, and reliant on volunteer transportation, the contingency of levels of government should then provide excessive relief to the public for having to be reduced in public services, otherwise provided to other civilian cohort groups! Transportation is a public good, should always be treated as such and be of comparable quality and quantity, whether the citizen is elderly and/or disabled. When other citizenry seek to dismantle public goods and services for citizens of "lesser value" we need to be forever vigilant! Perhaps the person asking this question would like to have a volunteer grocer, medical, education, fire, police, farmer, road system, telephone system, sewer system, water system...