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Army seeks better mental health coordination

By By MIKE BAKER

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. (AP) — 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.

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