Until recently Santa Clara County did not have a single inpatient psychiatric bed for children and adolescents; Santa Clara County kids needing hospitalization for psychiatric crises had to go to hospitals far beyond the boundaries of Santa Clara County. In 2017 at Supervisor Simitian’s urging, the Board of Supervisors directed staff to build an adolescent inpatient psychiatric unit capable of serving almost 2,000 youngsters annually. Located at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose, kids will be able to get medical care close to home, near their families and support systems.
Help Close to Home for Kids in Crisis
Read Supervisor Simitian's opinion piece in the Mountain View Voice:
Joint effort needed for kids at risk
Read the Palo Alto Online story:
County approves contract for teen inpatient unit but still looking for more
Read our press release:
Supervisors act to help kids in crisis close to home