The first Minnesota insane hospital opened in St. Peter, in 1868. The original name was “The Asylum for the Dangerously Insane”. The hospital housed 50 patients. Rochester opened in 1879, 68 mentally ill patients transferred from St. Peter. Rochester State Hospital closed in 1982. “The number of hospitals and the number of Minnesotans placed in them continued to grow. By 1960, the State of Minnesota operated 11 state hospitals. On any given day, there were approximately 16,000 people who were residents and patients in those hospitals” (www.mn.gov). http://mn.gov/mnddc/learning/document/GT033.PDF Now, Minnesota has closed 10 out of 11 large state hospitals. Anoka-Metro Regional Treatment Center (AMRTC) is still open operating with 110 beds. There is still a larger operating hospital in St. Peter, for people whose mental illnesses have led to crime. http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/2015/02/14/minnesota-iowa-mental-hospitals/23430427/
Shortage of beds for the mentally ill are not used properly with a priority to the more severe diagnosed patient.
• One patient spent 320 days Regions hospital waiting for a bed to open in Minnesota.
• Jailed inmates are taking priority to AMRTC over a patient with schizophrenia in part of a 48-hour rule, where an inmate may be transported to a mental facility after 48 hours in jail if they are deemed an acute mental illness to free up the jail, pushing severe mental patients to wait in an inadequate hospital.
• 2008 survey of 328 emergency rooms (ER) found that roughly 80% felt they “boarded” psychiatric patients while waiting for an open psychiatric bed. Vidhya Alakeson (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a senior fellow in health policy at the Nuffield Trust, ...
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...’t getting the care and treatment they deserve. They are being housed in hospitals that have psychiatrists on hand but will not be their main psychiatrist throughout treatment and to be there for when they are in crisis mode. State hospitals need to be integrated into the public for the soul purpose in taking mental health patients in from their own state, so that they are not being transported to other nearby states, making police and ambulances become taxis and babysitters, when they should be transported to a proper facility one time, in their own area code at the least.
There needs to be more CBHHs available to patients to access in a time of crisis. State hospitals housed the most severely mentally ill patients, now there is AMRTC, but it’s still not a permanent home for some that need the 24-hour care. There are only 3 CBHHs in Minnesota, holding 16 beds each.
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