Confiscated luggage and then forgotten. Western Mental Health Institute State Hospital. Bolivar, TN.

Share this on Facebook download .zip with all pictures

Here in Florida, you usually only get quality mental healthcare if you have good insurance. I worked in an ER at a local hospital that had a psych unit (so the ER was the receiving area for psych patients), and now I work at an indigent mental health facility (the same one we’d send patients to). In the ER, I remember our social workers and counselors telling the many patients we’d get that since they don’t have insurance, or don’t have adequate insurance, then they get to go in a little room with four beds in it and have to agree to be transferred….or else they stay in that little room for a few days, getting no daily therapy, but still getting to see the doctor.

Occasionally someone with severe mental illness that didn’t have insurance would get let into the unit, usually cases that the doctor found very interesting. The rest would either wait in that in-between room, or get sent to where I work now….the indigent care facility. My facility that I work at now is the only indigent care facility in a 3 county radius. Not that my facility is bad, but the psych unit at the hospital just has far more resources and far more staff.

I love my facility, but it’s funded by the state, so it looks crappy and we all get paid peanuts.

Anyhow, those that truly need long term care end up having to wait, even with insurance. We have a residential program where I work, meant to last from a few weeks up to a year. To get into that, usually the patient has to have been readmitted several times to the crisis unit. Each readmission is usually based on another outburst of their mental illness, or another suicide attempt. THEN, if our residential program turns out not to be enough, they have to wait for several MONTHS to get to go to the state hospital. The wait is so bad that now everyone automatically gets added to the waiting list when they arrive, whether they need it or not (obviously they can be taken off). After they arrive there, generally they get discharged after a few months, come home, then end up in our crisis unit again after a few more months and the cycle continues.

Our system REALLY needs work.

Oh and since I’m on a roll, I’ll give an example of my state showing their utter apathy toward mental health….our shitty governor Rick Scott vetoed a bill that would grant the organization that I work for 1.5 million dollars (I may be off, but it was at least a million) to use to build a new crisis unit since ours is practically always full. It would take a huge load off of a particular hospital in our county (not the one I used to work for) that also didn’t accept patients with no insurance. They’d just ship them 20 miles off to us.

Rick Scott took that money, and instead appointed it to refurbish the city hall for one of the cities in our county. They care more about how city hall looks than the mental health of the residents. Makes me sick.

Latest Comments
  1. Tiarad December 20, 2016
  2. Uskunte December 19, 2016
  3. DavisGroce December 16, 2016
  4. Esstiaing December 7, 2016
  5. Isquaugh November 23, 2016
  6. presley77 November 21, 2016
  7. Imale November 20, 2016
  8. Isquaugh October 31, 2016
  9. Claribel1 October 25, 2016
  10. Haizden October 24, 2016
  11. Emtny October 22, 2016
  12. Inest October 18, 2016
  13. LeotaBerkeley October 17, 2016
  14. Daros October 17, 2016
  15. Sylye September 25, 2016
  16. LeotaBerkeley September 17, 2016
  17. Sulghaeng September 10, 2016
  18. Orlye August 25, 2016
  19. Zapes August 16, 2016
  20. LucienneDewees August 5, 2016
  21. Garan August 4, 2016
  22. vanderpool39 August 1, 2016
  23. Rac July 21, 2016
  24. Zapes July 20, 2016
  25. DianHohn July 15, 2016
  26. RobbynDosch July 14, 2016
  27. Kimny July 8, 2016
  28. Suloon July 4, 2016
  29. Oasi June 15, 2016
  30. Sayeche June 9, 2016
  31. Titus16 June 1, 2016
  32. southwickship5 May 8, 2016
  33. MilagroConti May 5, 2016
  34. RomaMcray April 23, 2016
  35. osade April 11, 2016
  36. YaekoPendelton April 7, 2016
  37. Rannund April 3, 2016
  38. DavisGroce March 23, 2016
  39. sarkisian93 March 14, 2016
  40. Fitinack March 2, 2016
  41. Sulghaeng February 26, 2016
  42. Emn February 24, 2016
  43. Darpolo February 20, 2016
  44. Jacquiline1999 February 6, 2016
  45. Sadys February 5, 2016
  46. Nyem January 30, 2016
  47. EunaCalifano January 25, 2016
  48. Schiat January 25, 2016
  49. DonnieHeinlein January 20, 2016
  50. vanderpool39 January 18, 2016
  51. Oasi January 5, 2016
  52. christianson44 December 22, 2015
  53. Sordmiecz4 December 13, 2015
  54. barbozaIsland December 12, 2015
  55. panzergeneral December 12, 2015
  56. Inest December 6, 2015
  57. dreyer333 December 5, 2015
  58. CarlGuerrier November 16, 2015
  59. Tonser November 16, 2015
  60. Sylye November 6, 2015
  61. Ightcer November 5, 2015
  62. Sylye November 3, 2015
  63. BuenaShore November 3, 2015
  64. Nicolhowle October 24, 2015
  65. Xojyw October 24, 2015
  66. Orpsam October 6, 2015
  67. DianHohn October 4, 2015
  68. GastonCoit October 1, 2015
Comments are closed.
Click on Like Page, to get new amazing photo every day on facebook.