That’s when patients turn to their local emergency department for help. However, with the increased demand for services brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic and its lingering effects, our nation’s EDs are in crisis. Shortages of inpatient beds and other resources result in patients being boarded in EDs for hours, days, and sometimes weeks and months.
The Improving Mental Health Access from the Emergency Department Act takes important steps to relieve some of the pressure being felt by hospitals across the country. The bill creates a grant program to provide critical resources for EDs to implement innovative and collaborative strategies to connect patients with appropriate community resources.
Contact your senators today and urge them to cosponsor and support S. 1346/ H.R. 5414, the Improving Mental Health Access from the Emergency Department Act today!