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Navy Set to Implement ‘Brandon Act’ Mental Health Reforms


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A set of new policies offering more confidentiality to sailors seeking mental health care was approved by Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro this week, USNI News has learned.

The policies, the results of the Brandon Act, named for Aviation Electrician’s Mate 3rd Class Brandon Caserta who died by suicide in 2018, will allow sailors to request a referral for mental health services through any commander or supervisor.

Under the Brandon Act, service members do not have to disclose why they need mental health services, with confidentiality protected as much as possible. Commanders and supervisors must make the referral as soon as possible, allowing service members to get help more quickly, according to a fact sheet put out by the Defense Health Agency.

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