Minnesota Public Radio: Brainerd medical center no longer admitting civilly committed patients

EXCERPT: “Citing a lack of beds and staffing concerns, a central Minnesota hospital says it’s no longer accepting people committed by courts for psychiatric care. St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd will admit to its 16-bed behavioral health center only those patients who are seeking treatment voluntarily . . . Minnesota Human Services Commissioner Emily Piper fears St. Joseph’s may set a precedent for other private hospitals. ‘What obligation do you have as one of the state’s largest health systems to continue to serve the people of our state in a comprehensive way? Particularly in greater Minnesota, where people really rely on the Essentias of the world to serve all of the needs of the people in that community,’ Piper said.” FULLSTORY: http://bit.ly/2h1yocE