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VA Whistleblowers Credited With Preventing Patient Suicides – Management | GovExec.com

VA Whistleblowers Credited With Preventing Patient Suicides – Management | GovExec.com

Two counselors at the Phoenix, Ariz., veterans hospital who blew the whistle on lapsed suicide-prevention procedures prompted changes that are saving lives, the Office of Special Counsel said on Monday.

In letters to the White House and Congress, the independent investigative agency said it verified disclosures from Brandon Coleman and Jared Kinnaman that the staff’s monitoring of veterans with mental health and substance abuse problems was not being done in compliance with a VA directive requiring that at least one qualified hospital employee observe each potentially suicidal patient at all times.

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