Mentally ill wait longer in ERs – Raleigh News & Observer

RALEIGH — A statewide analysis shows that the long waits for people with mental illness in North Carolina’s emergency rooms are growing even longer.

On average, people in the midst of a mental crisis can expect to languish in a medical hospital’s emergency department for 2.8 days before gaining admission to a state psychiatric hospital. That is up about four hours since a similar study released last summer by the Wake County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

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