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Psychiatric ERs address dire needs quickly
San Francisco Chronicle

Jennifer E. has had to call 911 in the past for help during a psychiatric crisis, but instead of getting immediate help, she ended up spending long hours in a hospital emergency room strapped to a gurney and under police observation.

The experience was both frightening and frustrating, said the 39-year-old Castro Valley woman.

“You really do feel like a criminal when you haven’t really done anything other than try to get help for yourself,” said the woman, who declined to use her full name for fear of personal or professional repercussions.