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Mono County Mental Health will be hiring a bilingual case manager and a full-time psychiatric nurse in a move that mental health officials said will increase the amount of mental health care the county can provideâ€”and save as much as $20,000 a year, beginning next year.
The new psychiatric nurse will take the place of a current, contracted clinical psychiatrist, a service that county health director Robin Roberts said is â€śvery expensiveâ€ť and is only available three days a week. She hopes the bilingual case worker will help close a gap in care that affects the countyâ€™s Spanish-speaking adults disproportionately, with such adults seeking care at lower levels than is typical in the rest of the state relative to the rest of the state.
The county supervisors approved the positions 3-0, noting that it wonâ€™t cost the county anythingâ€”state money is used to pay the salariesâ€”and cover more people.