behavioral health

courtesy of Sonoma County

Yesterday we told you about how a growing number of severe mentally ill adults are ending up in emergency rooms and jails. Today we look at what the county is doing to better care for this population. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi spoke with Press Democrat Health Reporter Martin Espinoza about a patient named Russell who is currently seeking care.

Martin Espinoza's series on Sonoma County's mental healthcare system is archived online on The Press Democrat website. Read the series here.

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According to the National Institute of Mental Health, about four percent of adults in the United States suffer from some form of severe mental illness. Here in Sonoma County that's as many as 20-thousand people to take care of. But a recent investigative report by The Santa Rosa Press Democrat revealed that many mentally ill adults are ending up in emergency rooms or in jails.