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State Audit Says Mental Health Monitoring Needed

DENVER (AP) – The state auditor says the state’s two mental health institutes at Pueblo and Fort Logan need to do a better job of monitoring psychiatric medicines.

The auditor said in a report released Monday that although psychiatric medications are an integral part of treating mental illness, many have negative side effects that require routine patient monitoring and careful treatment management.

Spokeswoman Jenny Atchley said audit found that the institutes do not consistently prescribe antipsychotic medications based on medical best practices, creating unnecessary or unintended risks.

The Department of Human Services told auditors it will work with the institutes to develop standardized policies on medication.

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