Last year, VA pledged to add 1600 mental health clinicians and 300 support staff, an increase of about 10 percent, in order to better serve the needs of Veterans (and cut down on wait times). And earlier today, we announced progress on that front:
As of Jan. 29, VA has hired 1,058 mental health clinical providers and 223 administrative support staff in support of this specific goal.
“We aren’t slowing down our efforts even after these initial positive results,” said Shinseki. “We still need to hire more mental health professionals in order to reach our goal, but each new hire means we can treat more Veterans and provide greater access to our mental health services.”
Be sure to check out the release for more on the push for more mental health care workers.