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State hit with fines over psych hospitals

When a county judge recently ordered Stacy Perkins committed to a state psychiatric hospital, she was supposed to be accepted for treatment within 30 days, in accordance with a recent deadline for state hospitals imposed by San Joaquin County Superior Court.

Perkins, a mentally ill woman, had been held in the County Jail on criminal charges.

But when Perkins was transported to Napa State Hospital on Jan. 9, she was refused admission on arrival because of limited space and because she had to be transported back to jail.