Dec 30, 2015 12:52 PM by News Staff
Mental health is one priority Red Bluff council members are planning on putting more focus in 2016.
A county-owned mental health facility, whose doors were shuttered back in 1993 due to budget cuts, is going in for city planner approval to reopen the facility.
Currently, patients in the Red Bluff area are \being outsourced to hospitals as far away as Santa Rosa during crises.
The proposal would allow Restpadd, a mental health facility in in Redding, to open the facility and treat crisis situations a place for treatment that last longer than 72 hours, locally.
Valerie Lucero, executive director of Tehama County Health Services Agency, said they are looking forward to offering more comprehensive treatment to patients.
“We can keep local residents who are suffering from a psychiatric,” she said. “We can keep them here locally within the community rather than them having to be transported. And in some cases hours away in the middle of a psychiatric crisis.”
Right now, there is a 10-day waiting period to see if anyone will appeal the project befor it can move forward.