Spike in Mental Health Patients Seeking Care at Emergency Rooms: Recommended Reading
Dec 27, 2011, 4:14 PM, Posted by NewPublicHealth
A recent Reuters in-depth report finds that slashes to state mental health budgets as well as job and home losses from the economic downturn of the last few years have led to an increase in people seeking care for mental illness at emergency rooms. Physicians say the increase has caught them unprepared, with too few social workers to handle cases, too few facilities that can accept patients and ER staff often not trained to handle needs of mental health patients beyond emergency measures.
This commentary originally appeared on the RWJF New Public Health blog.