According to Veterans News Now, earlier this year Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) Secretary Eric K. Shinseki announced that the VA will be hiring 1,600 mental health clinicians and 300 support staff in an effort to improve mental health care at hospitals and clinics across the U.S. To help reach this goal, the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) has developed a rapid recruitment program to fill these jobs.
The VHA is targeting their efforts in the regions where the need for mental health care is the most critical as in more rural regions. Using professional recruiters, who are themselves veterans, will ensure that those hired are adequately meeting the needs of veterans. Coupled with an aggressive marketing campaign, the VA anticipates they can complete the majority of hires within six months. More complex positions will be covered by the fall of 2013.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has been struggling with low staff numbers in their mental health service clinics and departments at VA hospitals. Despite new remote counseling services that the Telehealth system is providing to veterans unable to travel for care, many disabled veterans struggle alone with their anxiety and emotional disorders.
With the increased mental health professionals on staff, there will hopefully be more resources available to serve veterans who suffer from mental conditions, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, qualifying them for veterans’ disability. The VA’s goal is not just to meet current demands but also to anticipate what future disabled veterans will need.
If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, a South Florida disability attorney from LaVan & Neidenberg is ready to help. To learn if you are entitled to certain programs and benefits contact our veteran’s disability rights firm today – 1-888-234-5758.