Civilian furloughs due to budget cuts required by sequestration will affect the availability and access to Army behavioral health care states Colonel Rebecca Porter, Chief of Army Behavioral Healthcare. Currently, civilians make up about 60% of Army medical providers, which includes more than half of the 4,500 behavioral health providers. Colonel Porter stated that the Army is looking at a variety of ways to address this problem, including requesting exemptions for some civilian providers, and utilizing active duty medical providers to fill in where needed.  The impact of the reduction of behavioral health staffing is likely to be felt at Fort Bragg, which is the largest US Army base by population, with 52,280 active duty Soldiers.

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