N.C. mental health challenges multiply – CharlotteObserver.com

Perhaps this was inevitable, the certain result of cutting the state’s mental health budget by $155 million and loss of more than 350 jobs in state hospitals.

It is ugly nonetheless. As a Sunday article in The Charlotte Observer and the News & Observer reported, mental patients languish for days in emergency rooms designed to handle patients for hours, while awaiting space in state mental hospitals. Story continues here ➤