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A Times review identified nearly 100 preventable deaths over the last decade at California psychiatric facilities.

Since 2009, more than 50 people have killed themselves while admitted to psychiatric facilities in the state.  https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-12-01/psychiatric-hospital-deaths-california 

Mia St. John’s son, Julian, had been living at La Casa Mental Health Rehabilitation Center in Long Beach for two months. He later took his own life there.  https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-12-01/psychiatric-hospital-deaths-california 

In the years since Julian died, Mia has become dedicated to fixing the mental health system that she believes killed her son.

Julian’s father, Kristoff, tried to soothe his grief with alcohol and began drinking excessively after his son’s death.  https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-12-01/psychiatric-hospital-deaths-california 

California needs 50 psychiatric hospital beds per 100,000 people, yet it has only 17.

Patients in the midst of a psychiatric crisis can wait in the emergency room as long as a week for an available bed.  https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-12-01/psychiatric-hospital-deaths-california 

Search our database of deaths and assaults at California psychiatric facilities:  https://www.latimes.com/projects/psychiatric-hospital-deaths-incidents-database/ 


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