As of Monday, there were still 1,616 staff vacancies across the state hospital system.
Impacts from curtailed admissions to state mental hospitals are expected to spread to the law enforcement system and exacerbate an already difficult relationship between policing and mental health.
A former mental health official has directly blamed the Northam administration for not listening to warnings years before the state's mental hospital crisis escalated.
The Commonwealth Center for Children & Adolescents only has enough nurses and direct-service aides to safely operate 18 of its 48 beds.
A state commissioner announced that five Virginia mental health hospitals would not accept new admissions until staff numbers and patient populations can be rebalanced.
The COVID-19 pandemic also has thrown the hospitals into a staffing crisis with 1,547 direct-care jobs vacant in a workforce of 5,500 — a job vacancy rate of 28%.
The temporary halt in admissions will allow the five hospitals to reduce the number of patients they are treating by attrition, rather than discharging them, until they have enough employees to care for them safely.
Virginia mental hospitals are struggling with “dangerously high” numbers of patients, prompting them to delay admissions and straining the ability of law enforcement officers to maintain custody of people in psychiatric crisis who are waiting for treatment.
Virginia’s mental health system has been stressed and struggling for years. Now, add COVID to the mix.
Behavioral health officials urge a fresh look at Virginia's "bed of last resort" law amid concerns that the hospital lacks the capacity to serve youth in mental health crises.
Virginia’s march toward mental health reform moves in fits and starts. And although there is forward movement overall, sometimes moving forward causes the state to stumble over new problems. That’s what’s happened with the issue of emergency custody orders for people needing psychiatric evaluation.
In a classic showdown over budget priorities, the Virginia Senate has cut funding for mental health services in order to pay for Medicaid expansion.
Sen. Creigh Deeds' efforts to improve mental health care are falling victim to the battle over the budget and Medicaid expansion.
Early last week, Virginia’s public mental hospitals admitted 60 patients in 72 hours, crowding them to 97 percent of capacity with no beds available in two of the state’s nine psychiatric facilities of last resort.
Yet another deficiency has been uncovered in Virginia’s mental health services network: not enough nurses.
Yet another deficiency has been un-covered in Virginia's mental health services network: not enough nurses.
WASHINGTON — The man who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan has been released from a Washington mental hospital for good, more than …
Another patient has died in a state mental hospital — one of 90 such deaths in the past four years.
Among the many disturbing questions surrounding the case of Jamycheal Mitchell — the prisoner who starved death in a jail awaiting transfer to a state mental hospital — is this: How many more are there?