Deaths in California’s Psychiatric Facilities

A Los Angeles Times investigation into California’s psychiatric facilities revealed 100+ preventable deaths in the past decade and a mental health system fraught with opaque record-keeping, breakdowns in care, and families kept in the dark.  
 
No single agency tracks deaths at psychiatric facilities in California or elsewhere in the US, leaving families unaware of troubling track records. In California, many are grateful to find a facility at all given the shortage of psychiatric hospital beds.
 
This lack of accountability and basic information signals a broader problem in mental health systems, says Benjamin Miller of the Well Being Trust: “To me, it feels like discrimination.”

The Los Angeles Times

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