VA Nearing Goal of Hiring 1,900 Additional Mental Health Staff Members

A February 11 announcement from the Department of Veterans Affairs revealed that the agency is closing in on its goal of hiring 1,600 new mental clinicians and 300 mental health support staff. Since President Obama’s executive order in August 2012, the VA has hired 1,058 mental health clinical providers and 223 administrative support staff members.

These additional positions are helping improve the mental health care available to veterans across the U.S. The Veterans Crisis Line (VCL) is also being expanded under the executive order, with more staff being hired and trained to respond to veterans’ calls. At the end of 2012, the VCL reported that it had handled over 747,000 calls, 83,000 online chats, and 5,000 texts to help save more than 26,000 veterans in imminent danger.

Mental Health Care is Available to All Veterans

The VA health care system provides free mental health care to any veteran in need of assistance. The VA mental health care system is one of the largest workforces in the nation. Veterans are able to obtain care from mental health professionals such as psychiatrists, social workers, marriage and family therapists, and addictions therapists.

Some veterans may suffer from mental health disorders such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and some may develop addictions to alcohol, drugs or prescription medications after the traumas of war. The VA can offer counseling, support and treatment for these and other mental health disorders.

If you are suffering from mental health disorders that cause disability in your daily life, you may be eligible for veterans’ disability benefits. The veterans disability attorneys at the Law Offices of Veterans Help Group can help you apply for veterans’ disability benefits. Contact us at 1-855-855-8992.