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Psych care shortage gets boost from new crisis unit at county hospital
Ventura County Star

In a perfect world, a psychiatric crisis unit opening Tuesday at Ventura County Medical Center would grow from a starting capacity of four patients to 12.

It would, as envisioned by leaders trying to thwart a countywide shortage of hospital psychiatric care, allow the safety-net hospital in Ventura to reclaim a dozen inpatient beds at its Hillmont psychiatric unit.

“That would be a game changer,” said Dr. Jason Cooper, medical director of the VCMC Hillmont center that is one of two psychiatric hospitals in the county along with the private Ventura facility Vista del Mar.