Georgia mental patients in ‘jeopardy’

Can I have “serious situation” for $500, Alex?

In the latest blow to Georgia’s beleaguered mental health system, federal regulators declared patients at Georgia Regional Hospital/Atlanta to be in “immediate jeopardy” of physical harm.

The hospital failed its most recent inspection, in July, despite a $3.4 million “turnaround” plan that was supposed to address persistently dangerous conditions. The federal government gave the state just three weeks to submit yet another plan for correcting violations of patient-care standards, under threat of withholding millions of dollars in Medicare and Medicaid payments.

4 comments

  1. fishtail says:

    Funny and sad that none of the conservative pro-family posers on this site have a single comment about how our State government so shabbily treats our most down-trodden and defenseless citizens. It’s not sexy seeing to the needs of our most desperate brothers and sisters, I suppose. The true facts about this situation are that no one gives a rat’s ass about our mentally-challenged citizens unless it represents an immediate family problem.

  2. Dave Bearse says:

    I’m not conservative pro-family, and I’m embarrassed this hasn’t been of much interest to me.

  3. Dave Bearse says:

    Perhaps it doesn’t generate much interest from conservative pro-family types because it’s not much a matter of “personal responsibility” or “lifestyle”, nor can legislation be passed to impose regulations on the behavior of the mentally ill.

  4. fishtail says:

    I suppose what I should’ve said in my first post is that conservatives and liberals and Republicans and Democrats, ALL have chosen to look the other way where the mentally-ill are concerned. Georgia’s treatment of the mentally unstable is a disgrace. For decades our State has chosen to “warehouse” these poor souls in dangerous and unhealthy institutions, unlike other states that have taken a more enlightened approach using group homes and other supportive approaches that DON’T COST ANY MORE MONEY but are certainly more humane. Now the Federal Government will have to come in and tell us what to do. Shame on all of us.

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