Over 5 million individuals visit hospital emergency departments each year with a primary mental health diagnosis.
- Families, individuals, law enforcement and others rely on emergency departments to provide timely, competent and compassionate medical care during a psychiatric emergency.
- California hospitals have decreased inpatient psychiatric beds by 22% over the last decade, while the total number of acute care beds in the state has remained stable.
- Up to 63% of individuals living with a mental illness also live with a significant medical condition which may require care during a psychiatric medical emergency.
- California has made significant progress in recent years in training law enforcement to respond appropriately to situations that involve mental illness. (Crisis Intervention Training)
- We should expand on the success of SB 82 (2013) by supporting additional capacity in the community through mobile crisis teams, crisis stabilization units and peer respite.
- Due to the…
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