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    Mentally ill flood ER as states cut services

    http://news.yahoo.com/mentally-ill-f...131133880.html

    CHICAGO/NEW YORK (Reuters) - On a recent shift at a Chicago emergency department, Dr. William Sullivan treated a newly homeless patient who was threatening to kill himself.
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    Across the country, doctors like Sullivan are facing a spike in psychiatric emergencies - attempted suicide, severe depression, psychosis - as states slash mental health services and the country's worst economic crisis since the Great Depression takes its toll.
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    The National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD), an organization of state mental health directors, estimates that in the last three years states have cut $3.4 billion in mental health services, while an additional 400,000 people sought help at public mental health facilities.

    In that same time frame, demand for community-based services climbed 56 percent, and demand for emergency room, state hospital and emergency psychiatric care climbed 18 percent, the organization said.
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    If the economy doesn't improve, next year could be worse because many community mental health agencies are cutting programs and using up reserve funds, says Linda Rosenberg, president of the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare.

    "It's been horrible," she said. "Those that need it the most - the unemployed, those with tremendous family stress - have no insurance."

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    It's not like we can ask millionaires to pay a little more in taxes- they'll throw a ********* fit. Sure, people will die and all, but Fox News says that's just the price we must pay to keep the ONE PERCENT happy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reader View Post
    http://news.yahoo.com/mentally-ill-f...131133880.html

    CHICAGO/NEW YORK (Reuters) - On a recent shift at a Chicago emergency department, Dr. William Sullivan treated a newly homeless patient who was threatening to kill himself.
    ------

    Across the country, doctors like Sullivan are facing a spike in psychiatric emergencies - attempted suicide, severe depression, psychosis - as states slash mental health services and the country's worst economic crisis since the Great Depression takes its toll.
    -----

    The National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD), an organization of state mental health directors, estimates that in the last three years states have cut $3.4 billion in mental health services, while an additional 400,000 people sought help at public mental health facilities.

    In that same time frame, demand for community-based services climbed 56 percent, and demand for emergency room, state hospital and emergency psychiatric care climbed 18 percent, the organization said.
    -----

    If the economy doesn't improve, next year could be worse because many community mental health agencies are cutting programs and using up reserve funds, says Linda Rosenberg, president of the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare.

    "It's been horrible," she said. "Those that need it the most - the unemployed, those with tremendous family stress - have no insurance."
    Many of them end up in prisons ... and the mental health programs in prisons are being cut too.

    Russell
    Even chaos is well patterned.



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