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Plan for mental hospital in Templeton would fill a void in county
San Luis Obispo Tribune

No one — or more specifically, no one who’s weighed in — disagrees that San Luis Obispo County needs more beds for patients with mental illness. The county Psychiatric Health Facility near the former General Hospital has only 16 beds, which is far fewer than the 136 recommended for our county under California Hospital Association guidelines.

Former San Luis Obispo Mayor Melanie Billig and her husband, Dr. Harvey Billig, are proposing to help fill the gap with a private, 91-bed behavioral health facility in Templeton. The hospital would serve children, adolescents, adults — including veterans — and the elderly.