Readjustment Counseling Service Vet Center Report
Figure 2. FY 2008 RCS Vet Center Staff Mix Source: OHI Information Request
FY 2008 staffing totaled 1,316 FTE, a 14 percent increase from FY 2007 (1,156). RCS estimates a 16 percent increase in FY 2009, for a total FTE of 1,526.
We reviewed the OHI information request results for the educational background of the RCS Vet Center team leaders and found that 216 of 232 (93 percent) had a master’s or doctoral degree. Only 6 (2.5 percent) of the remaining 16 team leaders had less than a baccalaureate degree. The majority (128/232, 55 percent) of team leaders were master’s degree social workers.
Background Regarding Disciplines Employed in Vet Centers
Using FY 2008 pay period 20 – PAID system data, Vet Centers reported the number of staff in different disciplines totaling 904 positions; 396 (44 percent) of these were social workers. Throughout VHA, a social work position requires a master’s degree in social work from a school accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and a license or certification at the master’s level to independently practice social work in a state. Requirements for a professionally accredited degree and state license are similar for other health care disciplines, such as registered nurses, licensed clinical nurse specialists, and – at the doctoral level – for psychiatrists and licensed clinical psychologists.
Requirements for a number of the other positions, such as readjustment counselor, sexual trauma counselor, and OEF/OIF outreach specialist are less structured and are dependent
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