In years past, an acutely mentally ill homeless person might have been admitted to a hospital. But recently there has been a shift toward residential vs. hospital-based treatment.
If you experience a psychiatric emergency in California, it's hard to get emergency care, let alone help getting started on the path to recovery. Hospitals have closed or cut back psychiatric units, and people in crisis need to be stabilized before they can access community services. Our series on the state of California's mental health care safety net concludes with some good news about help on the horizon to restore some of what's been lost. Reporter: Elaine Korry