Report: Texas foster kids left in state psychiatric hospitals for weeks or months

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“Hundreds of Texas foster children are languishing for weeks or months in psychiatric hospitals because they have nowhere else to go, hurting them psychologically, endangering them physically and costing the state millions of dollars. Nearly 600 foster kids in fiscal year 2017 spent a total of almost 14,000 days in psychiatric hospitals after doctors said they were ready to leave, according to a new report by Disability Rights Texas, an advocacy group for people with disabilities.”

Read the full story by Andrea Ball in the Austin American-Statesman.

Read our full investigative report, “Warehoused: Inappropriate Institutionalization of Texas Foster Youth.”