Thursday, July 24, 2008

Does This Look Like a Hospital?

The building shown above is the Women’s Detention Center in Baltimore, Md. It is where 31-year old Vernice Harris has waited seven months for treatment for bi-polar disorder. Social workers involved in her case estimate it maybe another six months to a year before a bed becomes available in a mental health facility.

Harris is not alone. There are too few beds available to treat people. Harris is in Maryland which has more available beds than 36 other states, according to a report by the Treatment Advocacy Center.

In the meantime, Harris’ condition grows worse.