Biloxi blues - setting the bar low
A panel of experts concluded every state should have at least 50 public psychiatric beds per 100,000 people to meet minimum acceptable standards. That assumes that all other mental health services are optimum.
The one very small silver lining in this dark gray cloud is that Mississippi, of all states, meets the minimum standard of 50 beds per 100,000. Every other state fell short, and most fell very short. In the last census, Mississippi ranked last among all states in per capita income. If a state as resource poor as Mississippi can meet the minimum number of public psychiatric beds, then what possible excuse can the other 49 states have?