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Survey: Department Of Veterans Affairs Lacks Staff, Space To Meet Vets’ Mental Health Care Needs

The Washington Post: VA Lacks Resources To Deal With Mental Health, Survey Finds
A survey of social workers, nurses and doctors working for the Department of Veterans Affairs finds that more than 70 percent of respondents think the department lacks the staff and space to meet the needs of growing numbers of veterans seeking mental health care. More than 37 percent of the 272 respondents say they cannot schedule an appointment in their clinics for a new patient within the 14-day standard mandated by the department, according to the survey, a copy of which was obtained by The Washington Post (Vogel, 10/3).

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