Government officials this week furloughed behavioral and mental health workers, striking a blow to a military already trying to clear a backlog of mental health claims. These furloughs are affecting behavioral health programs at Camp Lejeune resulting in fewer available behavioral and mental health appointments for marines, sailors, and their families and longer waits for these services.  Despite the furloughs, the director of mental health for Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune, Navy Capt. Sawsan Ghurani, said the quality of care will not diminish, and that servicemembers who need care will receive it.

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