Consider This: How A Shortage Of Mental Health Beds Keeps Kids Trapped Inside ERs

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Today in Massachusetts, dozens of children will have a mental health crisis and be rushed to an emergency room.

Demand for mental health care has soared during the pandemic, overwhelming supply and creating bottlenecks, in which people experiencing a mental health emergency often spend days — even weeks — waiting in ERs and other improvised holding areas because there’s just nowhere else to go.

Consider This cohost Arun Rath speaks with WBUR reporter Martha Bebinger.

This segment aired on May 17, 2021.


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