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Command Completes Behavioral Health Facilities Probe

American Forces Press Service

BAGHDAD, Oct. 16, 2009 – The commander of Multinational Corps Iraq has approved the findings of an internal investigation into the security of behavioral health facilitiesafter a May 11 shooting at the Camp Liberty combat stress clinic here in which five soldiers were killed.

The investigation concluded that policies and procedures designed to prevent such a tragedy were adequate, but could be improved.

Multinational Corps Iraq already has implemented several of the investigation’s recommendations, officials said, including a commandwide review of behavioral health care services, updates to all suicide-prevention programs, the training and appointment of two behavioral health advocates per battalion, and new procedures for dealing with servicemembers attempting or threatening suicide.

An investigation by the Army’s Criminal Investigative Command continues, officials said.

(From a Multinational Corps Iraq news release.)

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