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Maryland’s mental health treatment wait list shortened

September 14th, 2016 by WCBC Radio

State health officials have significantly reduced a backlog of patients waiting for beds in mental health hospitals.

A dozen people now sit in jail waiting for a spot — down from 85 a few months ago, the state's health secretary told lawmakers on Tuesday.

The state-run psychiatric hospitals have released dozens of patients who were ready to be discharged to make room for court-ordered patients. And they're planning to add a few more spaces for patients by shuffling money and resources, said Secretary Van T. Mitchell during a briefing before members of four legislative committees.

Mitchell cautioned that more work is needed.

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