Since 2010, the number of staffed state psychiatric hospital beds has dropped by 17%, from 43,318 in 2010 to 37,679 in 2016. There are currently about 11.7 state hospital beds per 100,000 population in the United States, down from 14.1 beds in 2010.
These findings were reported in “Going, Going, Gone: Trends and Consequences of Eliminating State Psychiatric Beds, 2016” by Doris A. Fuller, Elizabeth Sinclair, and John Snook of the Treatment Advocacy Center, with Jeffrey Geller, M.D., M.P.H., a professor of psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts; and Cameron Quanbeck, M . . .