Women seek answers to sister's beating
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#1 Jun 26, 2011
The State Hosptals are basically running on empty.The budgets have been cut drastically. The number of beds available doesn't even begin to satisfy the demand. The people of this state do not have any idea about it until the need to hospitalize a friend or family member arises. There can be days before a bed is available. These people are in need of emergency hospitialization days before some family or friends realize it. The whole reason for the hospital is to protect the patient from himself. Until the patient is stable enough to realize the choices he or she makes,he is a danger to him or herself as well as the rest of the household or even the public on the street. The jails can't hold them until a bed is available.If the state can't support it's Mental Health Hospitals the price we all will pay will be worse. I know everyonehas heard the "Balance the Budget" debate and I agree with alot of it but until you are hit with this problem personally you will never understand the need to fund the State Hospital. The law enforcement community is being put in the position of "babysitting" the patients until the bed can be located. Then when cops don't have the budgets to maintain the "security" what are you going to do???? Cut the damn budget somewhere else!
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