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Costly Decision to Cut Mental Health Care
The Sacramento Bee

A jury of our peers rendered a verdict that any one of us understands all too well: The Sacramento County Board of Supervisors has failed to provide care for people who desperately need it, the severely mentally ill.

The Sacramento County grand jury honed in on the ramifications of a dreadful decision made by the Board of Supervisors in 2009 to shut a 50-bed crisis unit for people in the throes of a mental illness crisis. The grand jury urges restoration of the crisis unit, among several other steps.

Sacramento County supervisors did increase funding in 2015, and mental health officials are gamely trying different approaches to improve care. But the failures remain brutally evident.