"Imagine hobbling into the hospital with a compound fracture and seeing the ER doc shrug. `Gee,' he might say. `That doesn't really look so bad. Why don't you come back when it's gangrenous?' It's an absurd scenario, but (it's) what happens to people suffering mental health crises all the time. ... More must be done, but hiking the number of hospital beds, raising reimbursement levels and lowering the bar for psychiatric admissions aren't the only answers. ... (The trouble is) the `next step down' from hospital care barely exists-forcing many ... people who don't qualify for hospitalization to stew in desperation."
-Minneapolis Star Tribune