The League of Women Voters of San Luis Obispo County supports the construction of the proposed behavioral health hospital in Templeton.
We recognize the need for more and better mental health care in our county. We believe that certain critical needs are going unmet, in particular, needed services for children, teens and seniors.
The present system sends critically ill persons out of the county for treatment at a time when they most need the close support of their families. This facility, appropriately placed in a local area zoned for medical and hospital use, will greatly benefit many in our county who need these shortterm services and their families.
The League supports comprehensive mental health services for the acutely, chronically and seriously mentally ill of all ages. We believe that this 90-bed facility proposed for vacant property — across from Twin Cities Community Hospital on Las Tablas Road in Templeton — will provide important mental health care services to all of our communities in San Luis Obispo County.
We believe that this important addition to our mental health services deserves the support of all concerned residents of our county.