NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP)- A new report says Virginia is failing to protect mentally ill people from themselves and the public.
The state report released Tuesday says private psychiatric facilities wouldn't admit about 200 people who posed a threat of serious harm to themselves or others between April 2010 and March 2011.
The report says the practice, known as "streeting," appears to be most prevalent in Hampton Roads but it occurs statewide.
Hampton-Newport News Community Services Board executive director Chuck Hall says that community services boards follow up with such patients in most cases. He says the vast majority of those who need treatment get it.
He says more supervised housing and intermediate care is needed.