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Kilmer, Herrera Beutler and Murphy introduce bipartisan bill to help mental health patients in crisis


for facilities that provide short-term stays for individuals suffering from psychiatric and substance disorders. The Treatment Advocacy Center reports that there are just 37,559 inpatient beds available nationwide for an average of 11.7 inpatient beds per 100,000 people. The same survey found that the number should be closer to 40 to 60 beds per 100,000 people. “Our country is facing a mental health challenge that has hit all our communities,” said Kilmer. “Too many of our neighbors are suffering from behavioral and substance abuse disorders and not getting proper treatment. That has left emergency rooms and jail cells overwhelmed while leaving families hurting. I’m proud to work...

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