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Counselling and Treatment

Criteria for counselling and treatment for mental illness and post-traumatic stress disorder

(1) A military veteran or his or her dependant qualifies for dedicated counselling and treatment for serious mental illness or post-traumatic stress disorder if the mental illness or post-traumatic stress disorder was caused by his or her participation in military activities or is associated with his or her participation therein.

(2) The dedicated counselling and treatment for serious mental illness or post-traumatic stress disorder contemplated in subregulation (1) must be conducted at a public health care facility, but may also be conducted at a private health care facility when a public health care facility is unable to conduct the counselling and treatment or a private health care facility is the only facility accessible in the area.

Application for counselling and treatment

(1) A military veteran or his or her dependant who in terms of regulation 6(1) qualifies for dedicated counselling and treatment for serious mental illness or post-traumatic stress disorder may in accordance with regulation 19 apply to the Department for the appropriate counselling or treatment.

(2) If a military veteran or his or her dependant is not able to apply personally to the Department for the appropriate counselling or treatment:

  • (a) any person acting on behalf or in the interest of that military veteran or dependant ;
  • (b) any person acting in the public interest; or
  • (c) an association acting in the interest of its members, may on behalf of that military veteran or dependant apply for such counselling and treatment.
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