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Quality of care for mental health patients in California's inpatient facilities

Benjamin K P Woo, Albert Y Ma
OBJECTIVE: The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), along with Kern Medical Center (KMC) and Kern County Mental Health (KCMH), established a new psychiatry residency program in 2004. In this study, we compared psychiatric care at a county psychiatric facility serving a population of 760,000 inhabitants before and after the initiation of this psychiatry residency program. METHODS: Medical charts for all patients admitted to the psychiatric inpatient service during the year before the inception of the psychiatry residency program (2003-2004) and during the first year in which there was full implementation of residents after inception of the psychiatry residency program (2005-2006) were reviewed...
September 2007: Journal of Psychiatric Practice
J Brunton, H Hawthorne
Crisis residential programs were established by the California legislature in 1978 to provide an alternative to hospitalization for treatment of voluntary acute psychiatric patients. The five crisis residential programs in San Diego County, California, provide high-quality mental health care that is community-based and considerably less expensive than traditional in-hospital programs. Currently, the majority of public-sector, voluntary adult patients in San Diego County receives acute psychiatric inpatient services in these programs...
1989: Psychiatric Hospital
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