VA HIRING MENTAL HEALTH PROVIDERS- MANCHESTER VA HIRES 15

For Immediate Release

VA Hires Over 1,600 Mental Health Professionals to Meet Goal,

Expands Access to Care and Outreach Efforts

Manchester VAMC Hires 15 New Mental Health Professionals

 

Manchester, NH  – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it has met the goal to hire 1,600 new mental health professionals outlined in President Obama’s August 31, 2012, Executive Order to Improve Access to Mental Health Services for Veterans, Service Members, and Military Families. Manchester VA Medical Center has hired 15 new mental health professionals toward this goal.

“I am proud of the hard work our staff has completed to bring these new staff members on board,” said Susan A. MacKenzie, PhD, Acting Medical Center Director. “We are not slowing our efforts however, and will continue to actively recruit for any vacant mental health positions for the future so Veterans will get the care they need. Not only have we hired new mental health professionals but the Manchester VAMC has specialty areas related to Mental Health, such as Veterans Justice Outreach, Homeless Veterans Outreach, Military Sexual Trauma, Women’s Wellness Group, just to name a few.”

As of May 31, 2013, VA has hired a total of 1,607 mental health clinical providers to meet the goal of 1,600 new mental health professionals outlined in the Executive Order. Additionally, VA has hired 2,005 mental health clinical providers to fill existing vacancies.

“Meeting this hiring milestone significantly enhances our ability to improve access to care for those Veterans seeking mental health services and demonstrates our continued commitment to the health and well-being of the men and women who have served the Nation,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. “Meeting this goal is an important achievement, but we recognize that we must continue to increase access to the quality mental health care Veterans have earned and deserve.”

VA provides a full range of comprehensive mental health services across the country.  In Fiscal Year 2012, more than 1.3 million Veterans received specialized mental health care from VA.  This number has risen each year from 927,052 in Fiscal Year 2006. In addition to hiring more mental health professionals, VA is expanding the use of innovative technology to serve Veterans in rural or underserved areas. VA expects to increase the number of Veterans receiving care from tele-mental health services in fiscal year 2013, and has increased the number of Vet Centers, which provide readjustment counseling and referral services from 233 in 2008 to 300 in 2012.

In November 2011, VA launched an award-winning, national public awareness campaign called Make the Connection, which is aimed at reducing the stigma associated with seeking mental health care and informing Veterans, their families, friends, and members of their communities about VA resources.  More information on Make the Connection can be found at www.maketheconnection.net.

Mental health professionals interested in seeking employment with the Department of Veterans Affairs can obtain information at www.vacareers.va.gov. Veterans and their families interested in learning more about the mental health services provided by VA can go to

www.mentalhealth.va.gov.

Manchester VA Calendar

Good Afternoon,

I am trying to keep my promise and letting as many of you know about our upcoming events, this is just a tentative list, there are always more things being added:

1.     4/30/12 – Town Hall/Outreach Event at the Portsmouth CBOC. This is open to ALL enrolled Veterans in the Portsmouth area OR any Veteran (from an era) that is interested in the VA Healthcare system. Tentative time is 10:00A – 12:00P. There will representatives from our Outreach Staff, MyHealtheVet and an Enrollment/Eligibility Coordinator available for all those who have questions.

2.     6/8/12 – VFW Convention, we will have representatives available for anyone that has questions.

3.     6/9/12 – Fisher Cats Game – we will have representatives available.

4.     6/22/12 – American Legion Convention, we will have representatives available for anyone that has questions.

5.     6/30 – 7/1 – Portsmouth Airshow – we will have a tent and the Mobile Vet Center available.

6.     7/8/12 – Welcome Home Parade, Portsmouth, NH. We have been invited to set-up a tent to answer questions regarding VA health care and enrolling/eligibility.

7.     8/23/12 – Outdoor Band Concert/Welcome Home Event – this event is still being planned and organized, so stay tuned but definitely Save The Date!!

8.     8/30 – 9/3/12 – Hopkinton State Fair (tentative)

9.     9/7 – 9/9/12 – Seafood Festival, Hampton, NH (tentative

10.  9/15/12 – Seacoast Veterans Conference

In between these events, we would still like to visit different Posts throughout New Hampshire, so if you’d like us to come to any local event that your Post might be having, please let me know!!!

This list is subject to change but as you can see, we have a busy and active Outreach calendar! As you know, word of mouth is the best form of communication, please let friends/family/colleagues know about these events – I cannot stress enough…these events are not just for enrolled Veterans, they are for ANY Veteran who has questions or wants to know more about the VA health care system and especially the Manchester VAMC.

Please contact me with any questions…I am here to SERVE you!

Stell

Stella M. Lareau

Public Affairs Officer

Manchester VA Medical Center

718 Smyth Road, Room E-134

Manchester, NH 03104

Email: Stella.Lareau@va.gov

Phone: 603-624-4366 X6779

Cell: 603-703-1131

VA Outreach Programs

1.     4/30/12 – Town Hall/Outreach Event at the Portsmouth CBOC. This is open to ALL enrolled Veterans in the Portsmouth area OR any Veteran (from an era) that is interested in the VA Healthcare system. Tentative time is 10:00A – 12:00P. There will representatives from our Outreach Staff, MyHealtheVet and an Enrollment/Eligibility Coordinator available for all those who have questions.

 

2.     6/8/12 – VFW Convention, we will have representatives available for anyone that has questions.

 

3.     6/9/12 – Fisher Cats Game – we will have representatives available.

 

4.     6/22/12 – American Legion Convention, we will have representatives available for anyone that has questions.

 

5.     6/30 – 7/1 – Portsmouth Airshow – we will have a tent and the Mobile Vet Center available.

 

6.     7/8/12 – Welcome Home Parade, Portsmouth, NH. We have been invited to set-up a tent to answer questions regarding VA health care and enrolling/eligibility.

 

7. NASCAR 7/13 – 7/15/12 and the Mobile Vet Center will also be available! 

 

8.     8/23/12 – Outdoor Band Concert/Welcome Home Event – this event is still being planned and organized, so stay tuned but definitely Save The Date!!

 

9.     8/30 – 9/3/12 – Hopkinton State Fair (tentative)

 

10.     9/7 – 9/9/12 – Seafood Festival, Hampton, NH (tentative)

 

11.  9/15/12 – Seacoast Veterans Conference

 

In between these events, we would still like to visit different Posts throughout New Hampshire, so if you’d like us to come to any local event that your Post might be having, please let me know!!!

 

This list is subject to change but as you can see, we have a busy and active Outreach calendar! As you know, word of mouth is the best form of communication, please let friends/family/colleagues know about these events – I cannot stress enough…these events are not just for enrolled Veterans, they are for ANY Veteran who has questions or wants to know more about the VA health care system and especially the Manchester VAMC.

 

Please contact me with any questions…I am here to SERVE you!

 

Stell

 

Stella M. Lareau

Public Affairs Officer

Manchester VA Medical Center

718 Smyth Road, Room E-134

Manchester, NH 03104

Email: Stella.Lareau@va.gov

Phone: 603-624-4366 X6779

Cell: 603-703-1131