Studies: Number Of US Inpatient Psychiatric Beds Shrinking.

The Denver Post (12/23, O’Connor) reported that a report published last February in the journal Emergency Physicians Monthly found a 60% decrease in the number of psychiatric beds available for inpatients in the US between the years 1970 and 2002. Bed counts at hospitals run by counties and states plummeted by 90%, the article said. A 2008 study [pdf] conducted by the American College of Emergency Physicians revealed that Colorado has only 11.8 inpatient psychiatric beds per 100,000 persons, which appears to be one of the worst rates in the US.

Related Links:

— “Parents’ burden: Lack of resources adds to challenges of caring for the mentally ill, “Colleen O’Connor, The Denver Post, December 23, 2012.

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