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Families of mentally ill children struggle for access to residential treatment
The Sacramento Bee

The first time Emily tried to kill herself, at age 15, she swallowed the entire contents of a bottle of Prozac, along with some Sudafed and Claritin she found in the medicine cabinet.

“Mom,” she said as they sped to the emergency room that morning in May 2012, “I just want to die.”

Doctors at Sierra Vista psychiatric hospital in south Sacramento stabilized the girl after two weeks, then referred her to an adolescent facility in San Francisco, which eventually sent her home.