July 13, 2023
Mental Health | Tea Leaves
  • A KFF HealthNews article says that mental health respite facilities are filling care gaps in over a dozen states. These facilities, established nationwide over the past 20 years, offer a short-term, homelike, nurturing environment for people experiencing a mental health crisis, but don’t need immediate medical attention. At respites, patients are treated like guests and can feel heard and keep their dignity without having to relinquish their clothes and other belongings. Public health professionals say respite facilities can potentially play a big role in addressing a national mental health crisis that accelerated dramatically during the covid-19 pandemic, especially when it comes to suicide prevention. (Article here)