VA mental health review..
VA Mental Health Review Released
Week of July 20, 2009
A congressionally mandated national review of VA's residential mental health care facilities has just been released. The report, by VA's Office of Inspector General (IG), found the following based on a national survey and random review of 20 sample sites:
(1) Less than half of the sites visited had appropriate policies for screening patients to be admitted into the VA residential mental health facility programs.
(2) Post-discharge monitoring was not evident for nearly 3-out-of-10 residents based on residential patient records.
(3) An estimated 11 percent of VA Self Medication Policy patients on narcotics received more than a 7-day supply of medication. The IG made 10 recommendations based on the review, all of which were accepted by VA.
The full report, which includes a list of the locations and programs visited during the inspections, is available in .pdf format here.