Stitt signs Veterans mental health and substance abuse bill

Published: Jun. 15, 2022 at 6:29 PM CDT
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LAWTON, Okla. (KSWO) - Governor Kevin Stitt signed Senate Bill 1048 into law, which will provide $700,000 in funding to build a new mental health and substance abuse treatment program for Veterans and their families.

Governor Stitt and his wife visited the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Red Rock to put pen to paper in an effort to support our nation’s Veterans.

“We made it happen today, now they’re going to build another Cohen facility in Oklahoma City,” said Gov. Stitt.

The Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Red Rock is a mental health and substance abuse facility catering to veterans and their families. Amista Chambers, clinic director, said they treat many different types of mental health conditions.

“Anxiety, depression, adjustment disorder, transitional issues and that’s individual therapy, family therapy, couples therapy, and group therapy,” Chambers said.

Dr. Anthony Hassan, the CEO and also a Veteran, said they focus on post-911 Veterans to get ahead of future problems.

“We want to make sure that the young Veteran and the young family members are able to get the help that they need, and when they need it, so that their conditions don’t become worse and end up being chronic and lifelong. So, the idea is to get upstream to do prevention and early intervention services,” said Dr. Hassan.

Dr. Hassan said he’s grateful that the state is recognizing that Veterans and their family members need mental health services.

“Well, the Senate bill is certainly a great step forward to making sure the military community veterans and their family members have access to quality mental health care so they can get back to better. That is amazing, and that’s why we’re here, we’re here to make sure that no Veteran or family member is left behind,” said Dr. Hassan.

Governor Kevin Stitt said the state has been working with The Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic for a year now and is happy to announce how they’re using the money.

Dr. Hassan also said this is a great move for the state and a great move for the military community to know that people are paying attention and want to help.

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