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Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations.

Mental Health System Problems Emerge In Calif.

Two stories focus on California's mental health system - one about hospitals, the other on the access problem.

Los Angeles Times: Extended U.S. Oversight Sought For 2 California Mental Hospitals
The U.S. Department of Justice says Napa State Hospital and Norwalk's Metropolitan State Hospital have failed to comply with critical provisions of a sweeping consent judgment imposed in 2006. ... In a filing late Friday night, federal officials detailed key failings: ... preventable suicides, nursing errors leading to unnecessary suffering, improper use of some restraints and a failure to adequately analyze and prevent violence (Romney and Hoeffel, 12/4).

KQED: Many Who Need Mental Health Care Don't Get It, Report Finds
About 2 million adults in California need mental health care -- but about half of them aren't getting it, according to a new report from UCLA. They're also more likely to have chronic illnesses (12/2). 

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