WILMINGTON, Del. (AP)- A court-appointed monitor in charge of inspecting Delaware's mental health system says the state is seeing an increasing number of short-term psychiatric hospitalizations.
Dr. Robert Bernstein, president of the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, says the increases raise issues of quality and performance.
Bernstein has been tasked with evaluating how the state complies with the terms of a 2011 settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice that focuses on creating a mental health system that no longer relies heavily on institutionalized care.
Mike Barbieri, the director of Delaware's Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health, says the state is making progress. He says they are placing people with mental illness in the community and are trying to wrap around support.