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Emergency rooms fill up with psych patients — and then they wait
Modern Healthcare

Throughout emergency rooms in Southeast Michigan, there are patients in the midst of a psychological crisis — and they’re waiting, sometimes for days.

And healthcare organizations report that the amount of time it takes for people to go from diagnosis to being admitted to a hospital psych ward is growing, partly because of shortage of available beds and partly because of growing demand in a state where suicide rates and substance abuse are rising.

Solutions exist, but they will have to overcome obstacles that have minimized people with those problems, placing them at a lower priority for funding and treatment than those with similar physical conditions such as diabetes, heart disease or cancer.