The Army announced Wednesday that it’s inviting 285 soldiers to have their behavioral health diagnosis reviewed as it digs deeper into Madigan Army Medical Center’s forensic psychiatry unit.
A team of behavioral health professionals selected those cases from among 1,500 soldiers who have received diagnoses at Madigan since 2007. The Army did not say why it chose those cases.
“It is important that we make contact with each soldier who we have identified as possibly requiring a second look,” said Col. Becky Porter, the Army’s chief behavioral health officer.
Soldiers who passed through Madigan and have complaints about their diagnosis are invited to call the Warrior and Family Hotline at 1-800-984-8523.
In January, the Army opened an investigation into the Madigan team following complaints that it adjusted diagnoses in such a way that soldiers did not receive full disability benefits for post-traumatic stress disorder. Six soldiers last month had PTSD diagnoses reinstated by doctors at Walter Reed Military Medical Center from among 14 cases that were reviewed.
The Army is conducting at least three investigations into Madigan’s PTSD diagnoses.
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