Report: Virginia’s mental hospitals overwhelmed due to staffing shortages

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RICHMOND, Va. (WFXR) – In a situation that has long been an issue for hospitals, state officials say Virginia’s “Dangerously” full mental hospitals are overwhelmed due to staffing shortages which have worsened during the pandemic.

The Washington Post reports that lawmakers and policy experts hope pandemic relief funds can help bring about systematic changes that free inpatient beds and develop community services to keep people out of hospitals in the first place.

When the General Assembly reconvenes in August, it will decide how to spend about $4 billion that Virginia is receiving from the American Rescue Plan.

Some of that money is earmarked for mental health services.

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