This morning’s N&O story about a judges decision to allow the state to transfer patients from Dorothea Dix to the new mental hospital in Butner includes another reminder of the chaos in our mental health system.
Dix will remain open. At least 100 mental patients will be housed in units at the 153-year-old mental hospital for the foreseeable future as the state struggles to cope with a serious shortage of psychiatric hospital beds. Patients often languish for days in emergency rooms waiting for a spot to open up at one of the four state hospitals
Patients are languishing in emergency rooms eight years after mental health reform efforts began with the promise of fewer people housed in hospitals and treated instead in local communities.
The state built an overflow wing at the the new hospital in Butner before it opened. And it is still not big enough.
Need any more confirmation of the state of our mental health system, after eight years of neglect and mismanagement?