Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Virginia State News

February 18, 2014

Report cites flaws in Va. mental health spending

RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia’s inspector general says the state is spending millions to hospitalize psychiatric patients who are ready to be shifted into less expensive community-based care.

According to the Office of State Inspector General’s new report, in 2012 Virginia spent more than $28 million to keep 161 patients in state mental hospitals even though they were ready for community services at 12 percent of the cost. That means patients are occupying hospital beds that could be used for people requiring emergency or long-term treatment.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch says the report further concludes that the state lacks adequate controls over funds meant to address the problem.

1
Text Only
Virginia State News
West Virginia State News
AP Video
The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground Ohio State Marching Band Chief Fired After Probe
Sister Newspapers' News