Overflowing demand for mental health care stretching hospitals, new data show

February 17, 2023

CBS News

In November, the American College of Emergency Physicians called for the Biden administration to declare an emergency over a "breaking point" of worsening waits.

Shortages can lead to a range of other problems, like patients ending up hospitalized far from home or getting lower quality care. 22 states reported increased waiting lists and 14 reported overcrowding in 2021, according to the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD).

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