Report: Help slow for mental crises – Winston Salem Journal

Every day, on average, someone in the Triad experiencing a mental-health issue will wait at least 48 hours for admission for medical care, according to a statewide study released Friday.

In about 85 percent of the cases, the person is being kept in a private hospital emergency room or crisis center as they wait for a bed to become available at a state hospital.

The report, from the Wake County chapter of National Alliance on Mental Illness, covered the first half of 2010. It was based on data from the state’s four public psychiatric hospitals.

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