OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Plans to close an Oklahoma County medical facility that provides almost 60 inpatient adult psychiatric beds will put new pressure on the regional medical care system for those with severe mental illness.
Bethany Hospital CEO Cathryn Hibbs says the decision to close Deaconess at Bethany in February was difficult. The facility provides a small percentage of inpatient psychiatric services in the community. The average census for short-term behavioral health services is 25 patients, even though the campus has 57 beds.
The Oklahoman reports (http://bit.ly/1fdJ3bP ) that mental health and law enforcement officials say the closure will further strain Oklahoma's mental health system.
Terri White, the state's mental health commissioner, says less psychiatric care options means more problems. The state ranks among the top 10 states of adults struggling with mental illness.
Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com