The Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center in Augusta has hired 10 new mental health professionals toward the Department of Veterans Affairs goal to improve access to mental health services for veterans, service members and military families.
The goal to hire 1,600 new mental health professionals was outlined in a 2012 Executive Order from President Obama.
“I am extremely proud of the hard work my staff has done to bring these new mental health professionals on board within a very short period of time. They will be a welcome addition to our team,” Robert Hamilton, director of the The Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center, said in a statement. “We will always make filling any mental health vacancies a priority so our Veterans will get the care they need. We encourage all Veterans to sign up and take advantage of the health benefits they have earned by serving our nation.”
As of May 31, 2013, the VA has hired a total of 1,607 mental health clinical providers to meet the goal outlined in the Executive Order. Additionally, VA has hired 2,005 mental health clinical providers to fill existing vacancies.