- Associated Press - Monday, October 26, 2015

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A 2016 ballot initiative proposal has been submitted that would allow emergency medical technicians to be licensed to provide basic health-care services to Montana military veterans.

Helena resident Ed Lesofski filed the proposal Sunday with the Secretary of State’s office. It must pass a legal review before the sponsor is allowed to gather signatures.

Lesofski says in his proposal that veterans’ basic physical and mental health needs are not being met.

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Lesofski says EMTs could provide those services with additional training. His proposal calls for a test for EMTs to be licensed as community veteran emergency medical technicians under the direction of a doctor or physician’s assistant.

Among their duties, they would be able to conduct health assessments, suicide interventions, mental health support, chronic disease monitoring, nutritional education, palliative care and even acupuncture.

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