BALTIMORE (AP) — Hospital emergency rooms in Maryland are being overwhelmed with people needing treatment for mental health or substance-abuse problems.
The Baltimore Sun explored the issue after video showed workers at the University of Maryland Medical Center’s Midtown Campus depositing a woman in a mental health crisis at a bus stop. The Sun reports that most hospitals aren’t equipped to treat such patients, but they usually have no other place to go.READ MORE: Kendrick Hasty's Death Ruled Homicide, Linked To 2016 Baltimore Shooting
Nearly one in four emergency visits in Maryland now involve behavioral health issues. Emergency rooms are often tasked with stabilizing mental health patients before sending them to community-based treatment. But the number of state-run psychiatric beds has dropped nearly 80 percent since the 1980’s as mental health facilities closed to deinstitutionalize care.READ MORE: Pasadena Man Died In Dec. 2020 As a Result Of 1984 Shooting, Medical Examiner Rules A Year Ago, Maryland Reported Its First COVID Cases. Today Gov. Hogan Will Honor Those Who Lost Their Lives To The Virus
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