Supervisors Approve Review of Bed Capacity for Mental Health Care

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Excerpt from Times of San Diego

Put forward by Supervisor Joel Anderson, the motion directs Chief Administrative Officer Helen Robbins-Meyer to evaluate sub-acute and board-and-care facilities in each supervisor’s district.


Before the vote, Anderson said officials know that adult residential and board-and-care facilities “provide vital support to vulnerable adults who require a level of 24-hour care and supervision, often due to behavioral or mental health conditions. They are a crucial part of our community’s housing landscape.”

However, Anderson said facility operational costs have only increased, while state reimbursement rates for Medi-Cal populations remain inadequate.

As the regional homeless crisis continues, there’s a growing need for licensed board and care “within the continuum of permanent housing solutions,” Anderson said, adding that people moving out of sub-acute care and the mentally ill need help.

The review “will help us bridge the gap” in regional bed requirements, lower costs, and reduce the strain on hospitals, jails, homeless shelters and hospitals, Anderson said.

In a statement, board Vice Chair Terra Lawson-Remer offered support for Anderson’s proposal.

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