38 U.S. Code § 7309 - Readjustment Counseling Service
Readjustment Counseling Service
The head of the Readjustment Counseling Service shall be the Chief Officer of the Readjustment Counseling Service (in this section referred to as the “Chief Officer”), who shall report directly to the Under Secretary for Health.
(2) The Chief Officer shall be appointed by the Under Secretary for Health from among individuals who—
are psychologists who hold a diploma as a doctorate in clinical or counseling psychology from an authority approved by the American Psychological Association and who have successfully undergone an internship approved by that association;
hold such other advanced degrees related to mental health as the Secretary considers appropriate;
have at least three years of experience providing direct counseling services or outreach services in the Readjustment Counseling Service;
have at least three years of experience administrating direct counseling services or outreach services in the Readjustment Counseling Service;
meet the quality standards and requirements of the Department; and
The Readjustment Counseling Service is a distinct organizational element within the Veterans Health Administration.
The Readjustment Counseling Service shall provide counseling and services as described in subsection (a).
The Chief Officer shall have direct authority over all Readjustment Counseling Service staff and assets, including Vet Centers.
(d)Source of Funds.—
Amounts for the activities of the Readjustment Counseling Service, including the operations of its Vet Centers, shall be derived from amounts appropriated for the Veterans Health Administration for medical care.
Amounts for activities of the Readjustment Counseling Service, including the operations of its Vet Centers, shall not be allocated through the Veterans Equitable Resource Allocation system.
Not later than March 15 of each year, the Secretary shall submit to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs of the Senate and the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs of the House of Representatives a report on the activities of the Readjustment Counseling Service during the preceding fiscal year.
(2) Each report submitted under paragraph (1) shall include, with respect to the period covered by the report, the following:
A summary of the activities of the Readjustment Counseling Service, including Vet Centers.
A detailed analysis of demand for and unmet need for readjustment counseling services and the Secretary’s plan for meeting such unmet need.
(f)Vet Center Defined.—
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