As mental health services get cut further, the number of people in need grows
About two years ago, Dave Thompson was diagnosed with clinical depression. His illness was so severe that doctors put him on three different kinds of medication and sent him to a hospital in Concord for treatment. When he was released, doctors told him about a two-week follow-up program at Kaiser Permanente in Santa Rosa that Thompson was eligible for, even though he had no money to pay for insurance. The idea was that Thompson would get needed therapy, medication, and help getting back on his feet as he made the transition from hospitalization back to the real world.