Behavioral Health Access
Behavioral health access is a real need across the United States and especially in Wake County since we are no longer home to a state psychiatric hospital that also provided care to short-term Wake County residents. In fact, everyday numerous patients are being held at WakeMed not for physical but for behavioral health concerns. Right now, there are very limited inpatient treatment options available to these patients, especially the un- and underinsured who are often most affected by mental health issues.
The good news, UNC Healthcare has promised to develop a total of 28 inpatient mental health beds in Wake County. We are pleased they are moving forward in partnership with the county developing 16 of these beds. We look forward to hearing details regarding phase 2 which includes the development of the additional 12 inpatient mental health beds.
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