Floods and Flooding

Flood of mental health patients goes beyond Md.

Flood of mental health patients goes beyond Md.

The mental health care crisis in Maryland mirrors what is seen around the nation (“Hospital emergency rooms in Maryland struggle with flood of patients with mental health, substance-use issues,” April 18). Millions of people are in emergency departments with psychiatric emergencies because there are severe shortages of mental health resources in the United States.

Nearly nine in 10 emergency physicians polled by the American College of Emergency Physicians reported psych patients were being “held” in their emergency departments — some for days — until a...

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