Deal in works for psychiatric patients : Greensboro

GREENSBORO — City and county officials may be close to an agreement that would take involuntary mental patients out of emergency rooms and back to the Guilford Center, the county’s hub for mental health services.

For the past decade, Greensboro police took involuntary commitments to the Guilford Center, where they were evaluated and placed in a 24-hour facility for care. But a tight budget led the city to cut its contribution to security at the center this year. In response, county officials said police will have to take potential psychiatric patients elsewhere.

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