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Children in crisis wait for days in local ERs for transfer to mental health facilities
Modesto Bee

When Jessica’s 7-year-old son went into an uncontrolled rage in February, punching his mother and trying to break the windows in their home, he was taken to the emergency department at Modesto’s Doctors Medical Center for an evaluation.

Rather than getting prompt treatment for his mood disorder, the boy spent four days in the ER waiting for a bed to open in a psychiatric facility far outside Stanislaus County. Only a curtain separated the boy from eight adults who had been placed on psychiatric holds.