Across the country, and especially in rural areas, people in the middle of a mental health crisis are locked in a cell when a hospital bed or transportation to a hospital isn’t immediately available.
Anita and I met five years ago as roommates at a hospital just outside of New York City. According to the brochure in our patient intake folders, the hospital’s scenic grounds boasted rolling lawns, open meadows, forests and a gazebo. But why would we care about the landscaping?
At Connecticut’s only maximum-security psychiatric hospital, staff members put a diaper on a patient’s head, threw food at him, poured water over him, put salt in his coffee, kicked him and placed a mop on his head after cleaning a floor, according to a state report.
For a decade now, the Waco Tribune-Herald has strongly advocated for expansion of state mental-health hospital beds, not only to better address a problem far more prevalent in society than many of us might realize but also to relieve a major burden placed on long-suffering law enforcement agencies and hospital emergency-room staffs.
In Pakistan, conservative estimates say that 13 percent of the population is afflicted with mental health problems. Given these figures, the WHO reports that: “Only 400 psychiatrists and five psychiatric hospitals exist across the entire country for a population exceeding 180 million. Roughly translating to an alarming psychiatrist-to-person ratio of 1 to half a million Read more
“Emergency physicians are trained to treat life- and limb-threatening emergencies, making it inefficient for patients with mental health, substance abuse, or dental disorders to be treated in this setting,” say Renee Hsia, MD, and Matthew Niedzwiecki, PhD.
“He really should be in the state hospital. The bad part is, he’s not receiving treatment. He’s been sitting there since April when the court determined he is incompetent,” said Patrick O’Fiel, who represents Hudson.
Texas Health and Human Services has published the Comprehensive Plan for State-Funded Inpatient Mental Health Services. The plan, which is a requirement of the 2018-19 General Appropriations Act, outlines HHS’s vision for the state hospital system and inpatient mental health care.
Reversing A Trend: Plan to turn vacant Hillcrest hospital into state mental health facility gets backing
Local and state leaders are backing a plan that would convert the vacant former Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center into a state-owned mental health facility, a proposal that could ease a statewide mental health crisis and add 1,000 new jobs to the area.
Footage has emerged of residents of a Russian mental health institution chained to beds and radiators. The grainy film, released by a psychiatrist from the Russian city of Briansk, shows several residents of the Trubchevsk Psycho-Neurological Institution near Briansk chained to objects by their wrists or ankles.
A suicidal 17-year-old girl is to be moved to a secure unit on Thursday after a senior judge warned that plans to release her because of a shortage of secure beds for mental health patients would leave “blood on our hands”.
The federal government has distributed more than $37 billion since 2011 in incentive payments to health care providers to adopt electronic health records. But psychologists, community mental health centers, psychiatric hospitals, and others that specialize in treating addiction and mental health conditions do not qualify for this funding.
“Cook County is making a major effort to help mentally ill inmates once they’re in custody but many social workers point out that jail is a terrible place, especially for the mentally ill.”
KAGS has learned that, according to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, there are approximately 345 people waiting to enter state maximum security mental health facilities, most waiting in county jails. Also, the average wait to enter a maximum security state hospital is 142 days.
When patients are discharged from hospitals, it usually means they’ve recovered sufficiently to resume their daily lives. But that’s not the case for patients released from psychiatric facilities. According to a new meta-analysis in JAMA Psychiatry.
Christie’s plan would almost double the health department’s $1.6 billion budget and dramatically change its mission from licensing and public education to hands-on management of four public psychiatric hospitals and more than $100 million in private contracts.
The Independent Budget Office reported that mental problems accounted for 13 percent of all admissions to NYC Health + Hospitals facilities in 2014, the last year for which complete data was available. As is often the case, the public hospitals are becoming the main medical provider of first and last resort for mentally ill New Read more
Valley Baptist Medical Center-Brownsville will close its 37-bed Inpatient Behavioral Health Facility effective Aug. 20, according to a statement from the Health System. Valley Baptist Director of Marketing Teri Retana said that the system remains committed to delivering mental health services to residents of the community, however, and that the Outpatient Intensive Program at VBMC Brownsville Read more
Mental health wards for children and young people in England are struggling to recruit the staff they need, according to a new report published by the Education Policy Institute today. We found that workforce shortages were a particular problem, with one in nine units not meeting the minimum standard for staff to patient ratios.
I wish people could see the kind of good that can be done for patients on psychiatric units. Will we ever see psychiatric units not as places of shadows and terror but as places of beauty and strength?
Barbara Reed says she has reached out to 20 assisted living centers and nursing homes in the past week since being told that Westchester Plaza, the state’s largest assisted-living facility for Medicaid recipients, will close next month. Reed suffers from anxiety, a congestive heart condition, depression, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and high blood pressure.
The struggle to properly treat all San Antonians suffering from mental illness is a crisis not many people know about.
Critics condemn ‘Victorian approach’ to treatment after NHS watchdog reveals 3,500 patients are kept locked in.
At 6:30 p.m., he still wore his hospital wristbands from the night before — one on each arm. The patient, we’ll call him John, had been ping-ponged from hospital to hospital in the middle of a psychotic episode. At midnight, he took an ambulance ride strapped to a gurney from Columbus to Jackson, to the closest facility Read more
After the ravages of withdrawal, some will rely on willpower and a 12-step program to help them stay away from heroin. Others will move on to a residential or outpatient program where they’ll get counseling and medication to help curb cravings. When there are gaps between any of these stages, patients often relapse.
Recognizing changing patient demands, Palomar Health, a multiple campus medical center and healthcare system in northern San Diego County, California, switched to a psychiatry hospitalist model in 2011, hoping to improve the delivery of high-quality care to its mental health inpatient population.
A noisy hospital — not to mention interruptions by doctors and nurses and light exposure — can make it difficult to rest when people need it most, according to researchers. And the result of a noisy hospital isn’t just a groggy patient; it can also negatively affect your health, experts warn.
A little-discussed provision in the Senate health care bill is designed to boost the number of hospital beds for psychiatric care, providing a long-sought victory for mental health advocates.
Washington DC’s St. Elizabeths Hospital is the subject of an exhibition at the National Building Museum; Architecture of an Asylum explores the links between architecture and mental health.