In a recent conference call with human resources officials at the VA and VHA officials, at the request of legislative affairs personnel representing LMHCs, the Department of Veterans Affairs agreed to devise a question and answer sheet addressing many of the questions raised by LMHCs since the VA released the job qualification standards
The VA's job qualification standards
also provide a temporary appointment (for a period not to exceed two years), at the entry-level GS-9, to non-licensed mental health counselors who otherwise meet the above requirements, as long as they are under the supervision of an LPMHC who is practicing at or above the full performance level of GS-11.
The Department of Veterans Affairs has committed to drawing up job qualification standards
for mental health counselors and enlisting the Office of Personnel Management in the creation of a job series unique to mental health counselors, so the VA can begin hiring mental health counselors as part of its provider pool by Sept 1;