Report: VA Failing To Provide Timely Mental Care

By: AP
By: AP

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal investigators say that nearly half of the veterans who seek mental health care for the first time are waiting about 50 days before receiving a full evaluation, a much longer lag-time than what the Department of Veterans Affairs has reported.

The VA has been saying that 95 percent of new patients seeking mental health treatment get a full evaluation within the department's goal of 14 days. But an inspector general's report obtained by The Associated Press said that the department's tracking is flawed and that the VA was overstating its success.

The department has greatly beefed up staffing in recent years, but the report also confirmed that the VA's doctors and other medical staff don't believe they have the manpower necessary to handle the ever-growing veteran caseload.

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  • by e6ssggladu Location: Fountain on Apr 24, 2012 at 05:42 PM
    V.A. uderestimant something I retired from Active duty (not medical out) after 20 plus years of service and it has been 13 months now that I have been waiting on a % of disabilities that I claimed. here is the real story 13 months. I have given up complaining to them. If you want a robot responce go ahead but it will only add to the debt of the U.S government same old story how can some one that served 2 1/2 years in the Army only deployed 1 time to NTC and got med board out gets more attention than like me 3 trips to Bosnia and three trips to Iraq. and they brag about it please some one explain that to me
  • by Obama on Apr 23, 2012 at 05:53 PM
    This is what our health care system will be like when Obama care takes over.
  • by MP Location: Colorado Springs on Apr 23, 2012 at 12:53 PM
    The VA is largely staffed by older, fat, unhealthy and not so bright employees. Like most office jocks in the federal government, they do everything at their own sweet pace. You don't say, they're not running an effective operation?!
  • by Victim of the VA on Apr 23, 2012 at 12:47 PM
    Omg about time attention is being focused on this issue!
    As a female in the VA system it is HORRIBLE. Become a patient for just a day- getting an appointment n having them keep it. Oh 90 days out for an appt THEY cancell, them reschedule in another 90 days WOW Lol @ u idiots proposing Government health care.
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      by MP on Apr 23, 2012 at 12:55 PM in reply to Victim of the VA
      OMG! I think (if you've made complaints yet) that you'd probably be taken more seriously if you could put together a coherent written sentence.
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