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Strategies for ED Psych Patients
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Three prominent scars on the forehead and cheeks of Virginia State Sen. Creigh Deeds are a recent and visible reminder that hospitals and health systems are straining to meet the mental health needs of patients across the country on a daily basis. Last November, Deeds’ 24-year-old son, Austin “Gus” Deeds, attacked his father with a knife, slashing his head and torso, then killed himself—all within 24 hours of being released from a local emergency room because there wasn’t a psychiatric bed available.

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