WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter applauded the decision by the Veterans Administration to significantly expand the services provided by the Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) in Conway, New Hampshire. The Conway CBOC currently provides primary care services to more than 800 veterans.
“This is great news for New Hampshire veterans,” said Congresswoman Shea-Porter. “For far too long, many North Country veterans have been forced to travel hours from home in order to receive medical care. This expansion will improve the quality of care our local veterans receive by increasing the number of access days and providing critical mental health services.”
The CBOC will be changed from a contract model to a VA staff model, which will be similar to the CBOC’s in Portsmouth, Tilton, and Somersworth. Veterans will have access to care five days a week (current access is two days). The VA will add home care services and will greatly expand mental health services. Specifically, there will be a “tele-mental health room” where veterans can talk privately via video conference with therapists throughout the VA network
Ensuring that New Hampshire veterans have access to the same services veterans in other states receive has been a top priority for Congresswoman Shea-Porter. In both the 110th and 111th Congresses, Shea-Porter introduced legislation that would require veterans in each of the 48 contiguous states have access to at least one full-service hospital of the Veterans Health Administration or receive comparable services provided by contract.