Breaking the Cycle

“It was just about 11 months ago that mental health’s troubles first bubbled into public view with the joint resignation of the department’s two highest ranking doctors, who happened to be the only psychiatrists staffing the county mental hospital. The departure of doctors Jasen Christensen and Jonathan Greenberg — who took the unprecedented step of sending a seven-page report to the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors, blowing the whistle on the departmental mess — caused the county to turn to a third-party psychiatric staffing company in March, offering it $3.5 million to do what the county could not: recruit and retain psychiatrists.”

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