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Fractured NY Mental Health System in Recovery Mode After Hurricane Sandy

As many continue to recover from the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy, a new article in The New York Times details the recent strain on New York City’s mental health resources and facilities. “The storm’s surge knocked out several of the city’s largest psychiatric hospitals, disrupted outpatient services and flooded scores of coastal nursing homes and ‘adult homes’ where many mentally ill people had found housing of last resort.” As the only comprehensive psychiatric E.R. functioning in Lower Manhattan, Beth Israel Medical Center has “recorded a 69 percent spike in psychiatric emergency room cases last month, with its inpatient slots overflowing.”

Read it in The New York Times.