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Psychiatric Inpatient Bed Data

California’s system for serving the mental health population is in crisis, with inadequate numbers of beds and facilities for the growing population.  The attached document (regularly updated) provides data on the decreases in both since 1995.  Over the same time period, it also charts our patient-to-bed gap, showing how California falls short of the number of beds needed per capita recommended by experts.

The attached also gives a comparison of California to the rest of the United States, with regard to numbers of psychiatric beds and facilities, and also breaks down California’s services by county, illustrating the different types of beds available and listing California’s 25 (of 58) counties with no inpatient psychiatric services at all.

The document is considered public information and may be distributed freely.