Lawmakers reach across aisle, call 2022 ‘the year of mental health’
By Jill Nolin Bipartisan momentum for action on mental health in the wake of the pandemic appears to be building ahead of next year’s legislative session. A group of lawmakers from both sides of the aisle and both chambers gathered this week at the state Capitol for a press... Read more
Small towns, cops and mental health patients
By Katja Ridderbusch   Every couple of weeks, police in Americus, a small city in southwest Georgia, respond to trouble at the home of the same young man. The man goes through psychotic episodes, sometimes violent ones. He’s on the autism spectrum and has been diagnosed with a brain... Read more
Understaffed state psychiatric units leave patients in limbo
Many patients dealing with mental health crises are having to wait several days in an ER until a bed becomes available at one of Georgia’s five state psychiatric hospitals, as public facilities nationwide feel the pinch of the pandemic.“We’re in crisis mode,’’ said Dr. John Sy, an emergency medicine... Read more
Solitary confinement: Many have long-term health issues
By Katja Ridderbusch Sometimes, Pamela Winn isn’t sure how to connect with people, even those she loves, like her 9-month-old granddaughter. When the baby is in her arms, “I sit there quietly, and I don’t know what to say. What to do,” she said, her eyes filling with tears.... Read more
As low vaccination rate fuels surge, Georgia hospital workers feel frustration, fatigue
The current covid onslaught may be the worst of the four virus surges in one crucial way: The effect on hospital employee morale. Leaders of Georgia hospital systems say the latest covid-19 wave has been very difficult for nurses and other clinical staff partly because it emerged at a... Read more

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