Date Posted: 6/1/2019
TEGNA’s NBC affiliate KUSA-TV Denver produced a multi-part series called “STRANDED,” that revealed a growing problem in the community: at-risk people with conditions like Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia are increasingly being abandoned by family and conventional nursing homes and end up spending months or years in hospital rooms. In response to the attention that KUSA-TV’s series brought to the under-reported epidemic, Governor Jared Polis signed into law a new bill on May 20 that is designed to help people who are languishing in hospitals but who don’t need critical or acute care.
“I want to thank Channel 9 News [KUSA-TV] and their STRANDED episode,” said Rep. Jonathan Singer, a sponsor of the bill. “A mental health issue should never be a life sentence to a hospital bed.”