Behavioral Health Services Receives $10.8 Million

June 27, 2019

Palomar Health agreed to a $10.8 million, 2-year contract with the County of San Diego to provide expanded behavioral health services in the North County.

Palomar Health agreed to a $10.8 million, 2-year contract with the County of San Diego to provide expanded behavioral health services in the North County.

At its board meeting on Tuesday, several county board members praised Palomar Health for taking on the expanded role and caring for the region’s most vulnerable population at a time when treatment beds have been shrinking.

In her public remarks at Tuesday’s board meeting, Palomar Health President and Chief Executive Officer Diane Hansen thanked the county board for their leadership on the issue of behavioral health and said, “You are truly making a difference in the lives of others.”

The contract is a partnership between Palomar Health and the County of San Diego. The county will provide funding to decrease Palomar Health’s losses, estimated at $15 million last fiscal year, providing behavioral health services at its 3 campus locations. In return, Palomar Health will increase staff to double the number of patients it serves in its Crisis Stabilization Unit and establish a Behavioral Health Triage Unit inside its emergency department.

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