The US Army is using a study involving 21,000 soldiers at Ft. Stewart to implement new mental health policies. Psychiatrists gave a group of Georgia-based soldiers additional mental health screenings before deploying to Iraq. Army psychiatrists says, incidents of mental health problems went down by about half among soldiers who got the additional screening.
Georgia is in the process of reforming its mental health system after a federal lawsuit challenged poor conditions in state psychiatric hospitals. But students from the Medical College of Georgia are hoping to bring about changes at the street level by helping homeless people deal with mental illness before ending up in a state hospital.