DAs lobby for psych beds – State – NewsObserver.com

RALEIGH — North Carolina’s prosecutors say they are increasingly concerned about the erosion of state services for people with mental illness who are accused of crimes.

In a letter sent last month to Gov. Bev Perdue and her secretary of health and human services, Lanier Cansler, the N.C. Conference of District Attorneys said its members are worried about a lack of available beds in the forensic unit at Central Regional Hospital in Butner. Evaluations are performed there to determine whether defendants are competent to stand trial. Story continues here ➤