How States are Addressing Psychiatric Bed Shortages

Decades after the US moved to deinstitutionalize behavioral healthcare—namely, closing psychiatric facilities in favor of community-based services—a growing number of policymakers and experts say more psych beds are key to fixing the country’s “mental health crisis.”

Lawmakers in states from Texas to New Hampshire have pushed to reopen shuttered inpatient beds or add new ones to meet the demand, while others are employing novel strategies to combat the crisis.

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