Los Angeles County mental health clinics are keeping patients from ending up in jail or an emergency room, according to data collected by the county and an agency that runs two of the clinics.
Currently, there are four mental health urgent care clinics that collectively serve 23,000 Los Angeles County patients a year. A fifth is expected to open on Thursday on the campus of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital.
Almost all county mental health patients who visited an urgent care clinic stayed out of jail and psychiatric emergency rooms for the following month, according to county data.
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