Vets at Risk of Suicide Not Getting Follow-Ups

Unfortunately, the Department of Veterans Affairs has been lacking in its service to veterans regarding post-discharge follow-up for mental health patients. A recent report revealed that 30% of high-risk mental health patients the VA reviewed did not receive all of the follow-ups promised by the department. This is in spite of the department’s policies which require staff to conduct follow-up calls or appointments for any veteran discharged from an acute mental health treatment program. Lack of follow up can result in an increase of psychiatric admissions and possibly suicides. The VA has promised to take action by creating patient follow-up registries to ensure the calls are being made. Read the full article here: http://www.military.com/daily-news/2013/05/06/vets-at-risk-of-suicide-not-getting-followups.html?ESRC=topstories.RSS