LA Introduces Mental Health Vans to Cut Down On Patient Wait Times

LA County has rolled out a new fleet of vans to help people dealing with mental health crisis. County Mental Health Director Dr. Jonathon Sherin says the vans will cut down on wait times for patients.

"We're trying to meet people who have psychiatric issues and are in crisis where they are," Sherin says.

"And to provide them with an environment and staffing that can be responsive to them and their needs."

Officials are looking to break the stigma associated with mental health and "be as compassionate as possible when you're transporting."

The ten vans will be stationed around the county. Each van will be staffed with a clinician and has a 40-inch screen for teleconferencing with psychiatrists.

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