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January 25, 2010

New York VA Offers Course for Caregivers of Mentally Ill Veterans

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — veteranclaims @ 10:38 pm

Full Article at: VA offers course for relatives of mentally ill veterans
By James T. Mulder / The Post-Standard
January 25, 2010, 8:58AM

Syracuse, N.Y. — The Syracuse VA Medical Center is offering a free 12-week course for family caregivers of veterans with mental illness.

The class runs from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. beginning Tuesday.

The program is based on a course developed by the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Trained family members guided by VA professional behavioral counselors will teach the course. The course offers information about schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse and other illnesses. It also will focus on medications, side effects and strategies for medication adherence.

To enroll, call Ann Canastra at 425-4445, extension 51009, or e-mail her at Ann.Canastra@va.gov.

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