Local News

N.C. Hospitals Face Mental Health Dilemma

Posted August 6, 2007

Map Marker  Find News Near Me

— North Carolina hospitals looking to transfer mental health patients into psychiatric facilities are feeling a squeeze.

Records show Dorothea Dix Hospital in Raleigh put patients on wait lists about two-thirds of the time in the past three months.

The state's mental hospitals have lost capacity over the past three decades as officials downsize state mental hospitals in favor of private outpatient care.

However, monthly admissions of adult patients at Dorothea Dix have increased by more than one-third in the past four years.

2 Comments

Please with your WRAL.com account to comment on this story. You also will need a Facebook account to comment.

Oldest First
View all
  • Adelinthe Aug 6, 2007

    cricket - I am so sorry and am praying for your sister, and your family.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • cricket Aug 6, 2007

    Sometimes outpatient care is not enough. I know. I have a sister who tried to kill herself last Friday. She needed to be in a place where she was watched but living with her daughter, who has 4 children, was not the answer for her. She was under the care of a councilor and a physiatrist but it was not enough.