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From the Santa Barbara Independant

Santa Barbara County Opens 34 New Beds for Severely Mentally Ill People

By Nick Welsh
Mon Dec 07, 2020 | 1:58pm

Finally. After many rumors, much back-room whispering by elected officials,  and even more anticipation — Lompoc’s Champion Center opened its doors for a new mental health treatment center offering 80 new beds for those suffering serious mental health issues.

Of those 80 beds, 34 will be filled by clients of the County’s Department of Behavioral Wellness at a cost of $362 a night per bed. On the first day, two of those slots were filled. By the end of the week, 10 had been. On the convoluted chess board of mental-health services available in Santa Barbara County, this ranks as a major addition.

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