Late Breaking News
VA Meets Hiring Goal for Mental Health Providers
WASHINGTON—VA has met its goal to hire 1,600 new mental health providers, the agency has announced.
The goal was part of an executive order issued last August by President Obama that outlined initiatives to improve access to mental health services to veterans, military personnel and their families.
“Meeting this hiring milestone significantly enhances our ability to improve access to care for those veterans seeking mental health services and demonstrates our continued commitment to the health and well-being of the men and women who have served the Nation,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki in a written statement. “Meeting this goal is an important achievement, but we recognize that we must continue to increase access to the quality mental health care veterans have earned and deserve.”
It was also announced this week by President Obama that VA is directing 151 of its health centers to hold mental health summits around the country with community partners starting July 1 through September 15. The summits will identify and link community-based mental health resources to help veterans and their families, as well as increase awareness of available VA programs and services, according to a White House written statement.
“They’ve met their goal of hiring 1,600 new mental health providers, which means this summer they’re going to hold more than 150 summits like this one in communities all across the country so that every one of our servicemembers and veterans understand that just like you take care of yourself and each other on the battlefield, you’ve got to do the same thing off the battlefield,” President Obama said in his remarks at the National Conference on Mental Health. “That’s part of being strong.”
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