California plans to eliminate 600 hospital jobs

As part of a plan to overhaul the state’s mental health system, officials proposed eliminating about 600 jobs from the state’s five mental hospitals which includes Atascadero State Hospital, according to a report released Wednesday.

The layoffs come as part of a plan to create the Department of State Hospitals to oversee the state hospital system, separating the system from the Department of Mental Health. The hospital system is facing a 120-million budget deficit

As part of the plan, new alarm systems will be added to four of the hospitals including Atascadero State Hospital.

In addition, if an enhanced treatment unit currently being implemented at Atascadero State Hospital is successful in reducing patient aggression, the model will be duplicated throughout the system. The pilot unit slated to open next week will house 12 of the systems most dangerous patients.

Source: Cal Coast News