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Mental health crisis center coming to Sacramento County. Mercy San Juan gives an early look.
Sacramento Bee

Sacramento County and Dignity Health are undertaking an $18.7 million effort to relieve pressure on the region’s psychiatric hospitals by opening a facility at Mercy San Juan Medical Center that will treat patients in behavioral health crisis for up to 23 hours.

Roughly 4,000 patients a year come to the emergency room at Carmichael’s Mercy San Juan with a behavioral health crisis, said Rosemary Younts, senior director of behavioral health for Dignity Health, and that kind of volume is tough to match or beat in Sacramento County. Both Dignity and county officials, she said, recognized the region served by the hospital needed intensive crisis services.