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Originally published Monday, February 4, 2013 at 3:26 PM

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Army seeks better mental health coordination

Army leadership is looking to improve coordination between its mental health programs and other soldier-resilience efforts.

Associated Press

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JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. —

Army leadership is looking to improve coordination between its mental health programs and other soldier-resilience efforts.

Army Secretary John McHugh visited Joint Base Lewis-McChord on Monday to announce the results of a yearlong review of the Army's mental health system.

McHugh has asked to Army officials to finish a plan for a new resilience structure in the next couple weeks. He hopes to improve processing times in the disability evaluation system and has the goal of lowering the incidence of suicide, sexual assault and substance abuse among soldiers.

McHugh's plan includes integrating resilience programs into the day-to-day training of soldiers.

He said there are a variety of programs available to help soldiers. But he said there is widespread confusion about the available tools, so commanders are unaware of the benefits and programs. That means soldiers aren't getting matched up with the appropriate opportunities.

"Interventions are not coming as early as we would like to see them," McHugh said.

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