Armed Forces News

May 11,2012

Internal Report Rips VA Mental Health Care
Veterans who need mental-health treatment are not getting it from the Department of Veterans
Affairs, according to a report to Congress prepared by the agency’s inspector general. The
full report is available online at http://www.va.gov/oig/pubs/VAOIG-12-00900-168.pdf. Among
the findings:

* The Veterans Health Administration (VHA), which manages VA’s mental-health activities, does
not have a reliable method of determining whether veterans are getting mental-health services;

* The VHA claim that 95 percent of all first-time patients received full mental-health
evaluations within 14 days is meaningless and misleading;

* VHA overstated the efficacy of providing veterans with treatment within 14 days.

 

 

 

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