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New Arizona law to beef up veterans’ suicide prevention efforts

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PHOENIX – Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed into law a bill designed to build up veterans’ suicide prevention, his office announced Thursday.

Under HB 2542, the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services can turn over data to the state’s Department of Health Services that includes details on ex-military personnel’s suicides to be used in an annual report.

The information will then be incorporated in an annual report from ADHS.

“The challenges that our nation’s heroes face while they serve don’t disappear when they return,” Ducey said in a press release.

“It’s important that our veterans, service members and their families receive the resources and support they need, especially when they are experiencing mental or emotional hardship.”

The new bipartisan measure passed unanimously, the Governor’s Office said.

The health department has been required by law since 2019 to compile a report to improve tracking of veteran suicides in the state.

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