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Providers report big demand for mental health treatment
San Diego Union-Tribune

A surge of demand appears to be straining the county’s supply of mental health services. Several local community clinics are reporting that mental health visits are up more than 50 percent this year and some local hospitals say an influx of new Medi-Cal patients is exacerbating an ongoing shortage of long-term psychiatric beds. Growing demand, experts say, is sometimes resulting in longer wait times for patients, both for primary-care services and for long-term treatment of those with severe mental illness.