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Profit motive and mental health care in California
Sacramento Bee

California long ago moved severely mentally ill patients out of state hospitals, reserving the institutions for those who have committed crimes.

But with little public discussion, the state has privatized care for some of the troubled people who in an earlier day would have been institutionalized at Napa State Hospital or some other state hospital.

Although many mentally ill people wander the streets untreated, others live in nursing homes, and that can be dangerous for other residents, many of whom are physically frail or elderly, as shown in a report this month by The Sacramento Bee’s Marjie Lundstrom and Phillip Reese.