Youth Mental Health Crisis Is Overwhelming ERs

Three high-profile medical associations on Wednesday warned that emergency rooms cannot sustain the surge in kids seeking emergency psychiatric care without more local resources for youth mental health. Emergency rooms aren’t guaranteed to have the capacity or staff training to manage these cases, meaning patients could face lengthy wait times and not get the necessary care, according to the joint policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Emergency Physicians and the Emergency Nurses Association.

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