ACTION ALERT: Help save the Veterans Mental Health Training Initiative from being cut from the state budget!

Dear NASW-NYS Members,

We need your help! As you may know, NASW-NYS has been a part of the Veterans Mental Health Training Initiative (VMHTI) for nearly a decade but, this year, our funding is on the chopping block! This program allows us to provide webinars and in-person trainings specific to working with veteran populations, an ever-growing group and one with unique and desperate needs. While the State faces a deficit budget, this is no time to cut funding for programs that assist our veterans!

As such, we need you to contact Senator David Carlucci TODAY and let him know how important the Veterans Mental Health Training Initiative is to address the unmet mental health needs of our veterans and their families. Senator Carlucci is the Chair of the Mental Health Committee and desperately needs to hear from you to help save this program.

Call on Senator Carlucci to ensure that the Veterans Mental Health Training Initiative is in this year’s budget!

845-623-3627 (Rockland Office)

914-941-2041 (Ossining Office)

518-455-2991 (Albany)

Please take five minutes TODAY to call Senator Carlucci’s District Offices at 845-623-3627 (Rockland Office), 914-941-2041 (Ossining Office), or 518-455-2991 (Albany) and let them know that you believe the mental health of our veterans is important and that mental health professionals need training to address the unique needs faced by our veterans. 

Calls from all NASW-NYS members are strongly encouraged, but calls from the following groups will be particularly influential in this effort:
+ Senator Carlucci’s constituents (Find your Senator)
+ Veterans
+ Those who work with veterans
+ Those who have attended VMHTI in the past


Thank you!
Samantha Howell, Esq.
Executive Director

The Veterans Mental Health Training Initiative (VMHTI) is a multi-year comprehensive training project developed by the National Association of Social Workers – New York State Chapter (NASW-NYS), aimed at increasing the number of community health and mental health professionals clinically trained in the assessment and treatment of mental health issues specific to veterans and their families. VMHTI is supported by a grant from the New York State Legislature as part of its efforts to address the unmet mental health needs of returning Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans and their families.

Visit the VMHTI website
Amelia Lochner Malavé
Author: Amelia Lochner Malavé