Mental health cuts increase emergencies

It is now accepted social truth in this country that the last 20 years or more of funding cuts, so unwisely effected for ALL the wrong reasons, have resulted in longer waiting times in community hospital ERs and the huge shifting by the hundreds of thousands of mentally ill patients to the local and state correctional systems, that it is almost trite to write about this. But as the saying goes, “the beat goes on,” due to the still misguided policies underlying mental health funding policies in this country.

It is so bad that this writer cannot refrain from penning a bastardization (sorry for the language momma…), “destroy them [inpatient psychiatric beds] and they will come…to the ERs and jails.”

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