By Ashley Hupfl
ALBANY Sen. Charles Schumer will urge the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs on Wednesday to review their mental-heath protocols.
Schumer will recommend the VA to set up a Joint Emergency Psychiatric Response Center that would work with the Department of Defense, local and state law enforcement. The call follows the Washington D.C. Navy Yard shootings earlier this month by former Navy reservist Aaron Alexis.
There are 8 VA Medical Centers and 35 community-based outpatient clinics in upstate New York.
Alexis is reported to have told police he was hearing voices and visited two different VA Medical Centers, but Schumer said Alexis "fell through the cracks" at the VA.
Schumer wants to ensure veterans in upstate New York that demonstrate violent tendencies towards themselves or others to receive treatment from local veterans' facilities.
Schumer will recommend the national response centers be open 24 hours a day to help identify vets that need help.