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Surprise, surprise!
Another independent finding that shows our Vets are getting better care than in the private sector.
Translation, in my thinking anyway:
Imagine how much greater the suicide rate might be were this not the case!!  F.B.

On VA Mental Health Treatment
Colleagues,
Sharing some interesting information about an article published this month in an American Psychiatric Association journal that shows evidence that VA Mental Health Treatment is superior to treatment in the private sector.
A brief summary of results in the article states that in every case, VA performance was superior to that of the private sector by more than 30%. Compared with individuals in private plans, veterans with schizophrenia or major depression were more than twice as likely to receive appropriate initial medication treatment, and veterans with depression were more than twice as likely to receive appropriate long-term treatment.
The full text of this report may be found on line at http://ps.psychiatryonline.org/doi/10.1176/appi.ps.201400537
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