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The VA has a shortage of mental health professionals. The major reason is that the VA restricts hiring of psychologists to only those who graduate from prgrams approved by the APA. See "ELIGIBILITY FOR VA EMPLOYMENT
Considering the Hoffman Report which was leaked last week and is reported in the current Newsweek "How the Largest Association of U.S. Psychologists Colluded in Torture
shouldn't concerned citzens, and especially veterans, demand that the VA completely eliminate their abeisance to the "professional" association that colluded in torture, and open up hiring to the thousands of qualified psychologists who could rapidly fill the hundreds of vacancies in the VA mental health system?
No agency of govenrment, particularly one charged with treating mental health, should be slave to a single private organziation, particularly one that has displayed its complete lack of ethics.
The VA is rife with failed policies and programs. No bureaucrat is ever punished. No policy or program is ever closed for lack of medical efficacy. The bureacrats just keep on going, honoring their obligations to private organizations and to their own careers before they honor their obligations to veterans and the American people.