by Dick Hall-Sizemore

Something just does not seem right about this.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports today that the state has temporarily halted admissions to its mental health hospitals. In addition to being overcrowded, on Friday, Central State Hospital in Petersburg had more patients than beds, the hospitals have lost a significant number of staff and are struggling to replace them after COVID outbreaks in the hospitals.

But, wait! The private sector is coming to the rescue! The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association has announced that a private health system (unidentified) will make available 58 unused mental health beds (40 for adolescents and 18 for adults) to the state. Oh, yes, and, in exchange for $8.5 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act funding to pay for staff for those beds.

I could understand the state contracting with the private sector on a per diem basis to take in these patients. But, a $8.5 million payment up front seems a bit brassy. The state would be better off using that $8.5 million to pay recruitment and retention bonuses to bolster the staff in its own facilities.

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11 responses to “Psst! We Have Some Beds for You”

  1. Why we can’t we just put them on our city sidewalks, underpasses, and parks like the Dem-run cities of San Fran, LA, Portland, Seattle, NYC?

    1. WayneS Avatar

      Leave the dems in charge for a few more years and we probably will.

  2. Baconator with extra cheese Avatar
    Baconator with extra cheese

    I’m waiting on my free healthcare.

    1. WayneS Avatar

      I’m still waiting for my magic unicorn that eats toxic waste and excretes Skittles…

  3. Matt Adams Avatar
    Matt Adams

    Didn’t we just have a post about how Mental Health Money in VA was squandered? I do believe certain individuals were cheering the use of the funds on, even though the breakdown clearly indicated most funds didn’t reach those actually in need.

  4. LarrytheG Avatar

    I thought the same. Something is not right. Beyond that, for some reason, the Mental Health function of the state never seems to settle down and be stable. I can only surmise that the leadership is lacking.

  5. DJRippert Avatar

    $8.5M for 58 beds? $146,551 per bed? What am I missing?

  6. WayneS Avatar

    That’s more than $146,500 per bed. If the state pays this extortion sum, how long will the beds be made available?

    1. Matt Adams Avatar
      Matt Adams

      Maybe that’s why they RFQ is so high, it was open ended.

    2. Marina Caro Avatar
      Marina Caro

      The state is paying about $800 PER DAY per patient bed. I know this because I work for one.

  7. What happens after federal funds are expended? ARPA funds should only be used for one-time spending

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