Teenagers kept in temporary mental health units for more than a year, despite six week guideline

10 March 2019 – Telegraph

Young people being admitted to psychiatric intensive care units (PICUs) have ended up staying longer that the recommended six week period, an issue which campaigners say is as a result of bed blocking and a lack of community care.

The units are supposed to be used to treat people at crisis point before discharging patients to a different unit, but new figures show 53% of young people are staying longer than the recommended time frame.

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