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Emory Healthcare co-signs an agreement with SCDVA to provide more veterans with free mental health treatment

LaShaun Williams
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ATLANTA, GA — The Emory Healthcare Veterans Program joined forces with the South Carolina Department of Veterans’ Affairs (SCDVA) on June 22. The agreement aims to provide free mental health treatment as well as services for veterans after 9/11 and service members in South Carolina.

Founded in 2015, Emory Healthcare Veterans Program has become an international center dedicated to the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, depression, anxiety and other invisible wounds of military service.

The program uses a collaborative approach to healing, giving free treatment to eligible veterans and service members from experts in the fields of psychiatry, neurology, neuropsychology, as well as social work.

Based on the new agreement, the SCDVA will help inform and refer eligible South Carolina veterans and service members to the Emory program. Attendees can choose between traditional outpatient treatment and Intensive Outpatient Program. The latter will last for two weeks. Both of these programs are offered in-person and via telehealth. Travel, lodging and meals will also be provided for free for allattendees.

“This opportunity is beyond amazing. Emory is a world-class provider and South Carolina is privileged to provide our nation with world-class military service," said SCDVA Secretary, Will Grimsley. "This partnership recognizes both and fills a necessary and important gap in the needs of our veterans and service members with the skills, dedication and passion offered by Emory. Thanks to Emory and Wounded Warrior Project for making this a reality."

“We are thrilled to enter this partnership and increase our ability to heal and empower South Carolina's veterans to live their best lives. There is no greater privilege than caring for the warriors who have bravely served our country," said Emory Healthcare Veterans Program director, Barbara O. Rothbaum, PhD, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Emory University School of Medicine.

Rothbaum and Grimsley have just recently met in order to co-sign the new agreement. The event was live-streamed on the SCDVA Facebook page and can be found at

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