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VA to increase Veterans’ access to mental health services
In partnership with the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security, VA is planning to give all new Veterans access to mental health care for at least one year after their completed military service, regardless of disability status. As of now, patients must be enrolled in the VA health care system to receive the full suite of counseling options. By lifting this requirement, we believe we can better serve Veterans transitioning to civilian life.
Leading the charge is the VA North Texas Health Care System, where plans to expand mental health efforts are already underway. As employees strive to integrate services throughout North Texas, our hope is to provide a model of care for other locations across the country.
All of this works in conjunction with VA’s organization-wide Mental Health Hiring Initiative, which aims to add 1,000 new staff members to our team this year. That includes psychiatrists, psychologists, peer support specialists, social workers and other professionals in the field. It’s your chance to join us in treating several of today’s most urgent mental health issues to improve Veterans’ lives.
As part of our team, you’ll enjoy regular salary increases, annual performance bonus opportunities and outstanding benefits, such as 49-54 days of paid time off per year (i.e., 26 days of annual leave, 13 days of sick leave and 10 federal holidays). You may also receive a sign-on bonus and relocation assistance. Sound like your kind of career? Explore our available positions and apply today.