Re: “Fewer Pierce County bedds for mental-health patients” (TNT, 3-10).
If OptumHealth, a for-profit company, profits from fewer admittances and then must pay fines for too many patients admitted, isn’t that the red flag that says vulnerable people are being shut out?
The Mental Health Professional system should also be examined. I have had numerous maddening exchanges with MHPs, and after reading this, it’s not just the laws they say they’re following, but someone must be telling them there’s no beds available, leaving people to further deteriorate. Who are the MHPs accountable to?