LACK OF COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH CARE IS LEADING TO ACUTE BED BLOCKERS

Family and friends can be important influences in helping someone get treatment for mental health issues. Reaching out and letting them know you are there to help them is the first step. (U.S. Air Force illustration by Airman 1st Class Devin N. Boyer/Released)

Some mental health patients are staying in acute beds for several years because of a lack of community based support.

Despite being recommended 14 years ago, crisis houses, high-support hostels and psychiatric intensive care units are virtually non-existent nationwide.

The Mental Health Commission says because of this, acute beds which are meant for short-term stays are often occupied for years.

CEO John Farrelly says the lack of community based support is putting pressure on acute inpatient beds right around the country.

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