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Program fills void that patients in crisis face
Sacramento Bee

When Leslie Napper finds herself in a mental health crisis, the only place to go now is the worst place to go – the nearest hospital emergency department.

There, doctors ill-equipped to treat mental health crises attend to trauma injuries while Napper and others like her lie on gurneys in hallways for days at a time.

“There’s no choice but to wait it out. One could easily go into a full-blown crisis in the ED,” says Napper, who’s been haunted by hallucinations – what she calls her “shadow people” – since she was a teen.