Behavioral health emergency department (ED) boarding data the MHA has been collecting on a weekly basis from acute care hospitals across Michigan since March 2023 is now available on the Health Data webpage of the MHA website.
The aggregate data shows the total number of patients waiting to receive a behavioral health evaluation and the total number of patients boarding in an ED awaiting an inpatient psychiatric bed. The webpage is updated every Thursday with new weekly data.
As of May 8, 265 behavioral health patients were awaiting a bed across 76 hospitals, demonstrating the crisis your organizations are dealing with daily.
This information is being used by the advocacy and policy departments of the MHA to bring awareness to the issue and pursue legislation to ease the burden on member hospitals and health systems while getting behavioral health patients the care they need. Hospitals are encouraged
to continue participating in the weekly data collection by close of business each Monday.
Members with questions on survey participation and results should contact Lauren LaPine.