Thursday, December 26, 2013

With a crisis facing states, communities and hospitals across the country, experts say no clear solution has emerged. But in Raleigh, NC, the goal is keeping psychiatric patients out of the hospital emergency room altogether.

News from my advocate friend DJ Jaffe at Mental Illness Policy Org this morning:  Big story in NY Times today on North Carolina cutting use of emergency rooms by people with serious mental illness and taking them to local for profit specialty psych hospitals instead. Note that the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act (Rep. Tim Murphy) amends the IMD Exclusion so these hospitals can receive medicaid funds to treat these individuals.

Read the NY Times article here: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/26/health/er-costs-for-mentally-ill-soar-and-hospitals-seek-better-way.html?pagewanted=1&partner=rssnyt&_r=0#h[WacILH,2]

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