Friday, February 28, 2014

Shelters are taking up mental hospital slack: A report from our neighbors in Georgia.

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -
The closure of Southwestern State mental health hospital in Thomasville has led to a dramatic increase in the number of people seeking help at Albany homeless shelters.
The Salvation Army and the Albany Rescue Mission say they're not equipped to deal with patients suffering from severe mental disorders. But they've seen a steady increase since December. A flood of people with nowhere to go will fill the empty bunks in the city's shelters tonight.   
Some have to be turned away because they're too dangerous to house.  "The other week, one went berserk out there and ended up lying under one of the picnic tables and they (police) had to pull him out of there," said Hample. "Some of them are having seizures, and we see an increase in this too." 

Sound familiar?  Read the entire article here:  Shelters take up mental hospital slack - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

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