My home state, Alabama is making the south look bad yet again. We have cut mental health spending.
There are no places for people to go when they are sick. Hospitals only have so many beds; it can be very difficult to find a hospital bed for an adult.
Sheriff Rick Singleton in Lauderdale County said:
"Did I really comprehend the magnitude of it? Probably not until I actually got into office and started dealing with it."
Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely said:
"The biggest problem is there are no beds, no place to put them when you get an involuntary commitment. We've had that at least three times this year."
Some people here also have a hard time finding a doctor who takes their insurance. We used to have a chain of facilities, called Alabama Psychiatric Services, shut down in February of 2015. Thousands of patients (myself included) had to either find a new doctor or find a way to follow their doctor.
Luckily, I'm able to afford to see my doctor even though she doesn't take insurance. Many people don't have that option. This is ridiculous; people with mental illnesses need to have places to get treatment or they end up on the streets.