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Doctor group proposes three steps to fix mental-health care in region
Sacramento Business Journal

Leaders of the Sacramento region’s medical society on Tuesday released a plan to help fix a mental-health care system that most agree is badly broken.

More than 1,600 patients in mental health crisis continue to seek care in local emergency rooms each month because they have no other place to go. These folks stay for hours — sometimes days — before other care is arranged.

The new proposal is intended to complement ongoing work by Sacramento County and a coalition of local providers concerned about the problem, said Aileen Wetzel, executive director of the Sacramento Sierra Valley Medical Society. The county, with support from the state, is spending $13.7 million for three new crisis residential treatment programs, additional sub-acute beds, drug supplies for mental health patients and expansion of the county crisis-stabilization unit.