Doctors Tell Senator Evans and Assemblymember Allen about Safety Crisis

Mental health workers say they fear for their very lives
By Rachel Raskin-Zrihen / Times-Herald

… Psychiatrist Patricia Tyler said that in her 25 years in the profession, she has never worked any place more dangerous than Napa State Hospital.

“It is not safe,” she said. “The 1,500 assaults per year there would be like 82 assaults per day in a city the size of Napa. No more political correctness. It’s not safe. And it’s not safe, mostly, for the patients.”

Tyler and others said they realize that fixing the problems would be costly, but those costs pale in comparison to the price of an assault or a slaying.

“This violence is predictable, but it’s not inevitable and it’s not acceptable,” Tyler said …

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