President Trump signed legislation on Sept. 21 that directs the VA to work with the Office of Personnel Management to create an Occupational Series for mental health counselors and a staffing plan for counselors to fill vacant positions in the agency. The language was included in the explanatory statement for the FY19 MilCon-VA appropriations bill. Inclusion in the conference statement was essentially the House endorsement of the language originally included in the Senate report for the same bill.
NBCC has already reached out to the VA to discuss implementation of the congressional directive.
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