Shortage Of Psychiatric Beds Leaves Thousands Without Proper Treatment
Many people are ending up in the hospital instead of a facility that can treat their mental health needs.
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Few Psychiatric Beds For Tens Of Thousands In Need
For people struggling with their mental health, there are an increasing number of opportunities to get help. But, the groups working to expand resources in the Sacramento area say the system is hamstrung by the lack of adequate treatment facilities. "It's a shell game right now," says Officer Michelle Lazark. She's with the Sacramento Police Department's psychiatric services unit. She says officers do their best to connect people in crisis with the best treatment options, for examples, veterans to veterans groups and the elderly to adult protective services. It all depends on a treatment provider's available space. (Moffitt, 4/19)