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Investigation blasts VA over wait times for mental health care

Related The full IG report: Review of Veterans’ Access to Mental Health Care The VA Inspector General noted that the average wait for mental health appointments at the Spokane VA Medical Center in Washington was 80 days, far above the 14-day minimum required by department policies. VA WASHINGTON — Calling the Department of Veterans Affairs’ data “of no real value,” the Inspector General on Monday slammed department officials for drastically overstating how quickly veterans were able to be seen for mental health issues. The investigation found that veterans on average have to wait nearly two months – far longer than the VA has claimed. It also confirmed observations by members of Congress that veterans’ access to mental health services has been much more problematic than department officials have acknowledged. Veterans Health Administration policy requires that all first-ti...

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