07/24/18

Chairwoman Gaspar Calls For Conference To Prevent Crisis Threatening Regional Psychiatric Care

CHAIRWOMAN KRISTIN GASPAR

San Diego County Board of Supervisors

Contacts: Itica Milanes 619-307-1793 itica.milanes@sdcounty.ca.gov

NEWS RELEASE

7-24-18

CHAIRWOMAN GASPAR CALLS FOR CONFERENCE TO PREVENT CRISIS THREATENING REGIONAL PSYCHIATRIC CARE

The impending closure of mental health units around San Diego County is a devastating loss to our region at a time when the need for emergency and inpatient psychiatric care throughout San Diego County and the state has never been greater. The loss of these beds will lead to a crisis that will leave many people with nowhere to go for treatment during an acute mental health emergency. Without reliable sources for inpatient psychiatric care, patients often languish in overcrowded emergency rooms, jails, or become homeless.

Unfunded federal and state mandates are impacting our local ability to provide the care our community so desperately needs.

“Now more than ever, we need to come together as a region to collaborate for regional solutions. We must be bold and innovative as we explore sustainable options. It is vital that we take a comprehensive and inclusive approach and look at opportunities to collectively strengthen and expand our entire continuum of care. Inpatient psychiatric care is only one part of that continuum. If any part of the continuum is not sustainable, the entire system will begin to fail.”

Chairwoman Kristin Gaspar has called for a Board conference on October 30th to discuss innovative ideas to work together on this issue to identify a comprehensive and sustainable solution for our entire region.

“If we address this now, and we address this collaboratively, we can reduce the impacts to the patients, to the community and to the taxpayer.”