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The cost of treating charity-care & bad-debt patients

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1.37 million

Number of people who need mental health, substance abuse and/or developmental disability services in N.C.

135,536

Number of people in North Carolina who were seen in a hospital emergency room for a mental health crisis in 2010

239

Number of those people who were transferred to a state psychiatric hospital

26½

Average number of hours the patient stayed in the ER if he or she was eventually transferred to a state psychiatric hospital

14

Average number of hours the patient stayed in the ER if he or she was eventually transferred to a local community hospital

32,339

Number of transports of mentally ill residents to psychiatric facilities by law enforcement, statewide in 2009


Source: N.C. Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services, cited in a report published by the N.C. Center for Public Policy Research

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