Lack Of Psychiatric Hospital Beds Contributes To Georgia Emergency Department Overcrowding
Psychiatric Hospital Beds
The backupof patients with mental illnesses in
The officials on Tuesday during a meeting of a state commission studyingpossible changes to
According to a series of articles published earlier this year by the Journal-Constitution,
Kevin Bloye, a Georgia Hospital Association vice president, said, "Themental health problem only exacerbates" ED crowding caused by anincreasing number of uninsured state residents and aging patients who need moreservices. Steven Kiner, intake and assessment coordinator of psychiatricservices for Emory University Hospital and Emory Crawford Long Hospital, told the panel that "our bigconcern is that there's no course of treatment in the" ED. He added,"All we're doing is housing them in beds."
According to the Journal-Constitution, state psychiatricfacilities often operate at above full capacity, which is "far abovegenerally recommended levels," and a lack of community mental healthfacilities often keep mental health patients cycling through the system, thecommission was told (Judd/Miller, Atlanta Journal-Constitution,11/28).
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