The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has updated its standards of qualification for mental health specialists and now recognizes licensed professional counselors. This means that licensed counselors can provide mental health services to veterans though the Veterans Health Administration. There are specific criteria that must be met in order for a counselor to be qualified under the new VA provisions. But the bottom line is that this decision benefits all involved. With the growing mental health needs of existing and new veterans, increasing the number of qualified mental health professionals to help these servicemen and servicewomen is much-needed. This also is an important step for the progression of the counseling profession as a whole.
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