Call For Psych Beds Surges


Debate abounds about the factors driving a nationwide “shortage” of psychiatric hospital beds.

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Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected].


  1. This line sort of sums up the problem:

    Medical experts also say the economic climate, with people losing their jobs and homes and experiencing more stress, can boost the need for mental health care.

    The poor economy doesn’t boost the need for mental health care. It boosts the need for housing. People who can game the system can stay in a psych bed for free.

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