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Special Coverage: Mental Health Sonoma County
Array of mental health programs serves Sonoma County
The county now spends more than $71 million annually on programs to treat 5,800 people with some form of mental illness. Critics contend they do not reach enough people and have long waiting lists.
Reshaping local approach to mental health care
Advocates say a different model is needed, one that treats mental health patients with the same dignity afforded to patients with physical illnesses.
Jail is largest psychiatric facility in Sonoma County
Jail cells have replaced psychiatric hospital beds for many of Sonoma County’s most severely mentally ill residents.
New jail wing seeks to improve care for mentally ill inmates
Sonoma County’s jail was never designed to house so many inmates with mental illness. A new wing, slated for construction beginning next spring, is designed to change that.
Levine: Pushing legislation to confront a mental health crisis
While addressing mental health on a policy level is both difficult and costly it is worth every effort, writes Assemblyman Marc Levine.
Most local psychiatric patients sent to hospitals outside of county
Sonoma County sends hundreds of psychiatric patients to hospitals in other counties each year. An arcane federal rule is one of the main reasons.
County struggles to fill gaps in crisis care for mentally ill
The closure of two psychiatric hospitals in Sonoma County has left a gaping hole in the community and created bottlenecks in local emergency rooms.
A life cut short by mental illness and a family distraught over care
Untreated, Quoyah Carson Tehee’s schizophrenia was essentially a death sentence. His parents are angry at a mental health system they say repeatedly failed the Cloverdale man.
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