By 2019, New York-based health system Ellis Medicine’s mental health clinic plans to unveil a new outpatient treatment facility that blends the clinical resources of a hospital with the relaxed, less-clinical setting of a community program. The initiative’s first year will be funded by a $420,000 grant from the Alliance for Better Health.
Mental health experts have argued the chaotic nature of EDs can often worsen mental health patients’ anxiety, yet it is often the only resource available. A 2017 report from the Treatment Advocacy Center estimated 800,000 ED visits occur each year involving a patient with symptoms of schizophrenia, and approximately 1.5 million visits involve individuals experiencing issues concerning a mood disorder.
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