To solve homeless problem, West Palm Beach group suggests psychiatrist

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A group studying homelessness in West Palm Beach has recommended hiring a psychiatrist to hit the streets, counsel homeless who might have mental problems and administer medication to those who need it.

The Palm Beach Post reports a task force in the city of West Palm Beach was formed after a long run of complaints by business owners and residents, capped by two high-profile stabbings and other crimes by homeless people downtown.

The most daunting challenge facing the city is how to house those homeless who are willing to get off the streets.

The task force estimated the psychiatric service would cost the city $50,000 to $90,000.

In addition to the psychiatrist, the task force recommended creating a drop-in center to provide temporary shelter, medical or mental healthcare.

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Information from: The Palm Beach (Fla.) Post, http://www.pbpost.com

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