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the problem is that Mental Health was primarily a government run issue until NC decided they wanted out of it and kept only 3 state mental facilities open Cherry Hospital in Goldsboro, Dorthea Dix in Raleigh and Braughton outside of Hickory, NC which isnt nearly enough beds to deal with the avg inpatient demand for patients needing services. Having seen the problem first hand (without giving too much info away as I prefer to remain anonymous as possible for fear of retribution by the Leland PD for exercising my 1st Amendment rights) something does need to be done. Im not sure if many are aware of the locked pysch facility that sits on Hwy 76 supposedly for troubled adolescents from what Ive been told by reliable sources there have been serious issues by this privately run facility some of which have been mentioned above and questionable actions even by the facility MD in the past including false documentation of seeing patients (which constituents medicaid fraud) when they had not. Staff failing to supervise patients properly and patients not receiving proper emergent medical care despite serious injuries or illness at times despite concerns of on-site medical staff due to management fearful of losing income (they dont get paid when the patient is in the regular hospital) as well as EMS being treated like they are going to a prison to pick up patients with strict rules about them not being allowed to enter the locked unit and patients having to be somehow brought to EMS even if they shouldnt be moved due to injury or illness. Without proper oversight I would fear a similar situation could very well develop with any such facility offering inpatient services at the old hospital.

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