Southern Calif. Facing Shortage of Child Psychiatric Beds
Health officials say there is a shortage of inpatient psychiatric beds for children under age 12 in Southern California, which places a burden on parents who need to drive several hours to be with their child. Experts say there should be 50 beds for every 100,000 kids under age 18, but there are only 8.3 beds per 100,000 children in the five-county region.
- "SoCal Hospitals Have Shortage of Inpatient Psychiatric Beds for Kids Under 12" (Aguilera, "KPCC News," KPCC, 6/8).