Ohio is celebrating its 212th birthday with special events at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus.
Ask Ohioans what matters most to them and the word “family” is likely to be at the top of the list. But for parents of mentally ill children, holding a family together can sometimes be a daunting challenge. In the second of her two part series on the state of mental health in Ohio, Statehouse correspondent Jo Ingles reports there are times when those parents must make hard choices just to get their children the help they need. Click the play button to hear the story.
Oftentimes, when someone suffers from serious mental illness in Columbus, they’re forced to wait for access to an in-patient hospital bed. Numbers cited by the Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Board in Frankllin County show Columbus trails both Cincinnati and Cleveland in the number of beds available for mental patients.