Reforms To Mental Health System Needed, Says Psychiatry Resident.

In The Hill (8/2, Izenberg) “Congress Blog,” Jacob Izenberg, MD, a psychiatry resident in San Francisco and a member of the Committee of Interns and Residents, urges the Senate to pass the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act. He says the bill will introduce “reforms that seek to expand access to acute psychiatric care while also bolstering community-based programs…that have a proven track record of reducing hospitalization and incarceration.”

Izenberg cites his own experiences in psychiatry resident training to argue that emergency departments “are not designed to deliver the humane care that…mental suffering necessitates.” The “staggering” cuts to mental health services are to blame for the lack of resources, pointing out that the US now has only “11.7 state psychiatric beds per 100,000 people, compared to 14 in 1850.”

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— “Reforming our broken mental health system,” Jacob Izenberg, MD, The Hill, August 2, 2016.

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