Report lists VA mental health care issues in New Mexico

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal review shows several factors have resulted in limited access and delays in mental health care for veterans in New Mexico.

report by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General shows staffing shortages, hiring delays and training among the problems.

The report issued this week stems from an inspection done in March 2018 that was prompted by an anonymous complaint received the previous year.

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall says the VA must take immediate action to address the staffing shortages and recruitment issues that are leading to wait times that he described as unacceptable.

In 2014, the discovery of secret waiting lists at VA facilities around the U.S. resulted in a nationwide scandal and legislation aimed at giving veterans the option of seeking private-sector care.

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