The Veterans Ombudsperson has urged Veterans Affairs Canada to further reduce restrictions on mental health support for veterans’ families.
“We believe that family members of veterans deserve access to funded mental health treatment when their own need is connected to military service, of a family member,” Veterans Ombudsperson Nishika Jardine said while presenting a report on the issue to the Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs (ACVA) on Feb. 17.
Historically, family members were granted access to mental health treatment when it is directly connected to achieving a positive outcome for the veteran in treatment. If the veteran wasn’t in treatment, the family had no access.
Help for family members is generally limited to 25 sessions a year, meaning families then have to pay for ser...