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New unit for serious psychiatric cases opens
The Press-Enterprise

A Riverside hospital recently opened a new unit for involuntary psychiatric patients to help fill a shortage in the county. Pacific Grove Hospital, which treats people with severe psychiatric and chemical dependency issues, opened a secure, 24-bed psychiatry unit on Dec. 23, said Sheila Hunt, the hospital’s director of business development. Staff at the hospital, formerly known as Knollwood Psychiatric Hospital and Chemical Dependency Center, will treat some of the most serious psychiatric cases involving people placed on a 72-hour involuntary hold for evaluation and treatment, known under state law as a 5150 hold.

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