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Mental patients swamp unprepared ERs in Sacramento County
Sacramento Bee

With fewer places to turn, mental health patients are overwhelming Sacramento County emergency rooms – increasing wait times, straining law enforcement and exposing the limited ability of ERs to deal with serious mental disorders.

Last fall, Sacramento County shuttered its mental health crisis stabilization unit, the main facility for serving the community’s emergency mental health needs, particularly for the uninsured and poor. ERs quickly saw their traffic jump.