State hasn’t come to grips with mental health woes –

Here’s sobering news: North Carolina’s prisons house more than six times as many people with serious mental illnesses as the state’s psychiatric hospitals.

A new report from the Wake County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness highlighted that stark reality in a presentation Wednesday at the legislative building. Among the advocates’ short-term goals is keeping the doors open at Raleigh’s Dorothea Dix Hospital, which is shutting down most of its beds because of a lack of funding.

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