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ERs are becoming costly destinations for mentally disturbed patients
Los Angeles Times

A man hearing voices walked into the emergency room of downtown’s California Hospital Medical Center on a recent night and said he wanted to hurt somebody. Doctors gave him medication, put him in a hospital bed and called the Los Angeles County Mental Health Department.

A mental health worker placed the patient — who had a history of schizophrenia — on a psychiatric hold. But despite multiple attempts to find somewhere to treat him, he spent 3 1/2 days in the emergency room.

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