Vets Who Receive Legal Aid Show Improved Mental Health


From Yale News: A new study shows that veterans who receive legal help with housing, benefits, and consumer or personal matters have increased income, fewer problems finding housing, and better mental health.

“The study, published Dec. 4 in the journal Health Affairs, followed for a year the status of 148 Connecticut and New York veterans who received help from legal non-profit groups embedded with medical teams at VA offices, pairings known as medical-legal partnerships.

‘We found a reduction of hostility, anxiety, and paranoia as well as improvement in income and fewer days homeless among those who received help from medical-legal partnerships,’ said Jack Tsai, lead author, associate professor of psychiatry at Yale and core investigator at VA New England MIRECC. ‘You can target one life domain, and the benefits spill over to others as well.'”

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