Last week, we broke down how VA’s surge in mental health staffers would help cut down on wait times and provide better care for our Veterans. The hiring will take place across the country, but one type of location was singled out: rural areas, where it has historically been difficult to recruit and retain health professionals.
One of the first facilities to announce a staffing increase is a rural area is the Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System. From the Lincoln Journal Star:
The VA’s Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System has been authorized to increase the size of its mental-health staff in Lincoln, Omaha and other locations by about 10 percent from the 106 positions it now has.
To meet the demand for mental health services, hiring for the open positions has been fast-tracked.
The national hiring boost will see 1,600 mental health clinicians and 300 support staff added to VA’s workforce, and most hires are anticipated to be complete within six months.