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U.S. Sen. Patty Murray plans hearing on long wait times for veterans seeking mental health care

Post by Rob Hotakainen on Nov. 29, 2011 at 9:52 am |
November 29, 2011 9:06 am

Sen. Patty Murray plans to lead a hearing Wednesday that will examine long wait times for veterans who are trying to get mental health care services from the Veterans Administration (VA).

The hearing comes after the Washington state Democrat, who heads the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, released a survey last month that found most VA mental health care providers across the country were ill-equipped to do their jobs.

Among the findings: Nearly 40 percent said they can’t schedule an appointment within 14 days, as required by the VA; 70 percent said they lacked adequate staff or space to meet the needs of their veterans; and 46 percent said they needed to offer more off-hour appointments to help veterans.

Murray plans to question Mary Schohn, director of mental health operations for the VA, at the hearing.

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