Earl K. Long winds down service
BATON ROUGE - The special mental health emergency room located on LSU's Earl K. Long Medical Center campus is scheduled to close its doors to new patients April 8.
The Mental Health Emergency Room Extension has operated as a relief valve of sorts to take pressure created by patients with psychiatric problems on local hospital emergency rooms.
The Earl K. Long facility's April 15 closure means its end, too.
Dr. Beau Clark, the East Baton Rouge Parish coroner, says the area has too few beds available to treat patients with mental illness.
The mental health emergency room has been staffed by LSU physicians and nurses.
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