State must improve mental health care | | Asheville Citizen-Times

There is a long list of problems with the mental health care system in North Carolina at present. Recent headlines have included closures of community agencies providing outpatient services, lengthy emergency room wait times for psychiatric hospital beds, and most recently, increasing interactions between those with behavioral problems and law enforcement authorities. It is important to understand some of the history and context for how our mental health care system got to the crisis that exists today, because action is warranted in addressing the challenges as described in this article.

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