We are short staffed and many mental health positions are frozen due to budget limits. Yet the VA continues to spend tons of money on hiring consultants (e.g. Mathematica)to come around and inspect the work being done by a skeleton crew. Every time we turn around we are dropping our normal duties to jump through hoops for site inspections by SOARS, Joint Commission, CARF, VISN teams,Fidelity Teams. etc. Local staff cannot do their regular jobs because they keep getting pulled out to meet with these teams. Plus it costs money for the teams travel, etc. It would be cheaper and more effecitive to spend that money to let us hire the staff it takes to do the work.
Idea No. 118