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With the news in Atlanta tonight Jonathan.
-- -- Georgia senator Johnny Isaacson called this hearing to follow up on changes going on at the Atlanta VA medical center those changes in response to -- VA inspector general report back in April linking mismanagement.
In the mental health unit to the deaths of three patients by drug overdose or suicide today VA officials told senator Isaacson they've reduced wait times improve drug screening and are increasing their ability to monitor the progress of patients including those they refer to outside contractors.
-- facility's ability to track and monitor patients receiving contract here.
The Atlanta VA medical center has reduced the number of contract for mental health organizations from 26 to five.
Additionally we have placed case managers at each location.
VA officials say they're also taking measures to improve the customer service experience -- Jonathan -- Georgia State.
University where they held that conference now the Department of Veterans Affairs has a crisis line and a website to help those dealing with depression and contemplating suicide.
The numbers at the bottom of your screen it's a confidential toll free hotline.
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