Amid Closings & Privatization, Iowa Ranked 50th For State Psychiatric Beds
National Alliance on Mental Illness in Iowa Executive Director Peggy Huppert joins Des Moines FM Podcast host Chance Dorland to discuss Iowa's shrinking number of state psychiatric beds & the effects we're seeing take place in mental health services. A new Treatment Advocacy Center report shows that while Kansas, Missouri and South Dakota each have about 15 beds per 100,000 residents (with the national average around 12), Iowa has only 64 beds, or roughly two per 100,000 residents, which is down from 149 total beds just a few years ago.
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