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VA to add about 1,900 to mental health staff

WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- The Department of Veterans Affairs says it's increasing its staff of mental health workers by roughly 1,900.

VA Secretary Eric Shinseki announced the plan Thursday, saying the government must make sure all veterans have adequate access to health care.

The department plans to add about 1,600 clinicians and about 300 support staff to an existing mental health staff of roughly 29,500. The department says it'll begin recruiting immediately.

Since 2007, the VA has experienced a 35 percent increase in the number of veterans receiving mental health services.

To locate the nearest VA facility or Vet Center for enrollment and to get scheduled for care, Veterans can visit VA's website. Immediate help is available here  or by calling the Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 (push 1) or by texting 838255.

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