State must do more for psychiatric patients

Posted: Friday, March 26, 2010

With great fanfare a new acute care state-run 74 bed psychiatric hospital opened its doors in 2005 - Alaska Psychiatric Institute.

In less than 5 years, state-run API has up to 80 patients. There is a waiting list for psychiatric patients to receive acute care.

There is a perception that some patients at API are being released before completion of effective treatment just to make room for an ever growing patient list.

According to API documents (Feb. 12, 2010) patient perception of quality of care was low. API is also, in thirteen categories, above the national average and not in a good way -- including medication errors.

Acute care psychiatric patients must be given every opportunity for recovery. As a state, we must do better at providing treatment for acute care psychiatric patients.

Faith Myers

Dorrance Collins

Anchorage



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