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SLO County residents struggle to find treatment for mental illness
San Luis Obispo Tribune

It was more than a decade ago when San Luis Obispo resident Sherrie Medinger admitted her 13-year-old daughter, who attempted suicide, into a Ventura psychiatric facility where she was treated for what would later be diagnosed as bipolar disorder.

“I remember driving up and down the coast crying my eyes out and not knowing what to do, worrying my daughter is going to die. It’s just horrible, trying to explain that in words to someone,” she said.

A single mother at the time, Medinger had to commute from her job as an occupational therapist in Santa Maria to Ventura several times a week to arrive in time for visiting hours.

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