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County copes with severe shortage of psychiatric beds
Napa Valley Register

Napa County suffers from a lack of beds for people in psychiatric crisis, leading some of its most vulnerable citizens with long waits and fewer mental health care options.

“We don’t have enough beds for our population; that’s the bottom line,” said Jill Kinney, a spokeswoman for St. Helena Hospital.

For someone with mental health problems, “there are holes in our national, state and local safety nets that folks can fall into,” said Bill Carter, Napa County mental health director.