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Increasing the time in which patients can either remain in a hospital bed or the holding time before getting one, even central state hospital taking the "overflow" so to speak, is improvement, but one thing needs to be remembererd...we are talking about wonderful, highly intelligent, incredibly sensitive human beings who are essentially going though a nightmare. What is needed is attention, empathy, and individualized care, not just crisis care but human care...someone to connect with when often feeling so disconnected.
Forgive me for going off topic for a second: my father just passed away, irrelevant in this story, but his care or treatment is relevant: I learned about hospice, and human treatment with dignity and respect, treatment for them and about them, treatment that makes people comfortable.
What struck me was this, whether someone is at the end of their life or their rope, the most important thing should not be logistics, but combination of professionalsm and familiarity that allows for comfort and understanding. Only then can healing take place. A bed in central state is a holding cell, and while the intention is a good one...I worry a couple hours of an experience like this may be more traumatic in the long run.
I know I am speaking from the heart here, but they are other options, and when I hear that the mental health system needs nothing but a complete overhaul, I agree with Senator Deeds 100 percent. Perhaps a middle ground can be found or some application to be extracted. Thank you!

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Posted by ari on 12/06/2014 at 9:03 AM

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