Patient advocates and providers are using words like “devastating,” “catastrophic” and “disaster” to describe to fallout of possibly losing Grady Health System’s mental health program. The mental health program, nevertheless, could be on the chopping block as the Atlanta safety net provider confronts nearly $100 million in funding cuts.
Georgia is in the process of reforming its mental health system after a federal lawsuit challenged poor conditions in state psychiatric hospitals. But students from the Medical College of Georgia are hoping to bring about changes at the street level by helping homeless people deal with mental illness before ending up in a state hospital.
As Georgia faces a federal lawsuit calling for sweeping changes to the state’s mental health system many mentally ill inmates are being held in county jails. That's because Georgia’s psychiatric hospitals don’t have enough room.