Thursday, November 21, 2013

Shortage of psychiatric beds state & nationwide issue - WSLS 10 NBC in Roanoke/Lynchburg Va

"We've had the hospital drop clients off in a taxi cab with no shirt on at 5 p.m. on a Friday because they had no where for the person to be," Support Systems Roanoke Director Tracie Cookston says.
Cookston says there can be major consequences if people can't get adequate care.
She says it adds extra work for law enforcement, fills up jails and prisons, increases the homeless population, and can make the emergency room often the only option.
"There are not enough beds to accommodate the system that's in place to help people who have mental health issues," Cookston says. "It's broken and it really needs to get fixed."

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