A community mental health organization is in the spotlight, after this week’s attack on State Senator Creigh Deeds and the apparent suicide of his son. The Richmond Times-Dispatch said Gus Deeds had undergone a psychiatric evaluation Monday, but he was not admitted for in-patient care, because no hospitals in the area had psychiatric beds available. Now, Sandy Hausman reports that several facilities in the region could have admitted Gus Deeds.
Some experts in the mental health field say it is not uncommon for a person suffering from mental illness to be turned away from treatment. Tommie McNeil has that story, along with more on the Inspector General’s report on access to care.