COLUMBIA — Gov. Nikki Haley wants more money for the agency that serves the state’s mentally ill, and says the $17 million budget infusion she is proposing will save South Carolina cash in the long run.
The director of the South Carolina Department of Mental Health says Haley’s proposal to increase funding for the agency would help keep open 121 beds at the Patrick B. Harris Psychiatric Hospital in Anderson.
Leaders at AnMed Health Medical Center say Haley’s proposals won’t fix overcrowding in the emergency room as mentally ill patients wait for beds at the psychiatric hospital. But they hope the governor’s proposals would keep the bed backlog from getting worse.
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