Sonoma County struggles to fill gaps in crisis care for mentally ill

When a psychiatric patient shows up at the emergency room at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, the staff quickly removes anything dangerous before placing them in a treatment room.

Cables and heavy objects are stowed away. A cart with essential instruments — scalpels, needles, sutures and commonly used drugs — is wheeled out.

“Anything that they could reach comes out of the room,” said Marirose Apolinarski, director of nursing in Memorial’s emergency department.  (The Press Democrat)