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Military’s shortage of mental health workers causing long waits for care


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The military’s shortage of mental health workers and an increase in demand for care has forced troops to seek help off base and sometimes wait a month for appointments, according to a new government report. The Government Accountability Office found 43% of authorized behavioral health care jobs in the military’s Defense Health Agency were vacant as of January 2023, said Alyssa Hundrup, author of the report titled “Defense Health Care: DOD Should Monitor Urgent Referrals to Civilian Behavioral Health Providers to Ensure Timely Care,” which was released Tuesday.

Read more at: https://www.stripes.com/theaters/us/2024-02-08/military-mental-health-shortages-long-waits-suicide-12944619.html
Source - Stars and Stripes

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