In January 2017, dLCV notified the State Human Rights Committee (SHRC) of what we then believed was a discharge crisis at the state hospitals. At that time, 204 individuals were clinically Ready for Discharge (RFD), yet were stuck in State Hospitals, unable to move to the community. The number was the highest in more than 2 years. The SHRC agreed. We then saw a subsequent decrease in the number of individuals waiting for discharge.
However, as of May 31, 2019, the number of individuals on DBHDS’ Extraordinary Barriers to Discharge List (EBL) had reached 246. This is the greatest number of individuals we have ever seen on the EBL. It represents nearly 18% of State Hospital beds occupied by individuals who are best served in the community.
Reports and Findings
Cover letter to Commissioner Melton (July 16, 2019)
dLCV Report on 246 Psychiatrically-Stable People that are Trapped in Virginia’s State Hospitals (July 2019)
Acting Commissioner′s Response