The behavioral health (mental health and substance abuse) field of research has exploded in knowledge and treatment options over the past 20 years. This medical research has permanently integrated behavioral health care into the field of primary care medicine. Medical schools now require whole semesters of behavioral health education rather than the previous few hours or days.
San Luis Obispo County is 40 years behind the times in this education and the development of treatment options. Our primary treatment options are only available through the doors of the San Luis Obispo County courts, jail or child welfare services. We remain above state and national averages for deaths from suicides, overdoses and accidents.
The Templeton Area Advisory Group owes it to the citizens of San Luis Obispo County to educate themselves (search online for SAMHSA) and then reverse its uninformed decision to oppose the behavioral health hospital in our North County medical zone.
This state-of-the-art treatment facility will bring accolades to San Luis Obispo County. We travel to Stanford, Scripps or UCLA for this level of physical expertise, so our county residents should be honored to have this progressive treatment facility available so close to home, where the need is so great.