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Mayor-elect Steinberg Praises Sutter Expansion of Mental Health Services

Posted by on Nov 18, 2016 in Our Services, Psychiatric Services, Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento | 0 comments

SACRAMENTO – With mental health advocate and Sacramento Mayor-elect Darrell Steinberg calling it “a great day” for Sacramento, Sutter Center for Psychiatry unveiled its new, larger Outpatient Center this week and announced plans to expand its behavioral health services to include an after-work program for adults and an after-school program for adolescents.

Sutter Center for Psychiatry CEO John Boyd, left, introduces Sacramento Mayor-elect Darrell Steinberg, right, during the grand opening event of the new Sutter Outpatient Center.

Sutter Center for Psychiatry CEO John Boyd, left, introduces Sacramento Mayor-elect Darrell Steinberg, right, during the grand opening event of the new Sutter Outpatient Center.

The new Sutter Center for Psychiatry Outpatient Center located at 7919 Folsom Blvd. contains 10,000 square feet – nearly twice as much space as the former outpatient center – and has been designed to aid in the wellness process. Soothing, full-wall nature scenes welcome visitors and patients, and each group room was personally designed by the therapists in order to maximize their therapy style and sessions.

“The expanded program capacity comes with new and beautiful space that is designed with the healing environment in mind,” said Sutter Center for Psychiatry CEO John Boyd. “The Outpatient Center’s programs use evidence-based treatment and support that are key components of our overall continuum-of-care services available within Sutter Health.”

The Sutter Center for Psychiatry outpatient program is the only one in the greater Sacramento region that is part of a nonprofit integrated health-care system, serving residents throughout Northern California and the Western United States.

“Any day we cut a ribbon to expand mental health care services in Sacramento is a great day, Mayor-elect Steinberg said during a grand-opening ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 16. “When somebody is in crisis, the option is to take them to an emergency room, and then maybe to be hospitalized for a brief period of time, and then be turned back out to a lack of a step-down program or additional supports that will minimize the chance that they’ll cycle back into the hospital again. That’s why today is so significant, because this Sutter Outpatient Center is providing an absolutely necessary, essential step-down solution for those people who leave the hospital so that it isn’t just cold turkey and back out there without the supports or services.

“This (Sutter Outpatient Center) has day treatment, this has a variety of care programs and approaches for people, so they can genuinely get stable and remain stable and begin achieving and attaining the skills they need to help themselves so that families can learn better how to support their loved ones, so friends can learn better how to support their friends.”

The Sutter Outpatient Center moved from an older facility on a busy retail section of Howe Avenue, a few miles from the inpatient hospital at 7700 Folsom Blvd., while the new Outpatient Center is across the street from Sutter Center for Psychiatry. The proximity allows more interaction and assistance from psychiatrists and other specialists from the more acute hospital setting.

There are separate entrances and rooms for adults 18 and up and adolescents 12-17, allowing for more privacy and services catered especially for these two populations. The inpatient Sutter Center for Psychiatry is the only psychiatric hospital in Northern California with beds for children under 12, and plans are also in place to offer a children’s outpatient program in the new Outpatient Center.

Currently, the Sutter Center for Psychiatry Outpatient Center offers what is known as Partial Hospitalization programs, with adults and adolescents attending group therapy and educational sessions from morning until evening six days a week, and then go home to sleep. Sutter Center for Psychiatry has received interest from the business community and school districts to offer four-hour intensive outpatient programs for workers and students in the evenings. The larger location and its proximity to the freeway allow the Outpatient Center to now accommodate those programs.

“It is impossible for many workers and students to come to a daily program during regular working and school hours,” said Outpatient Center Manager Tracey Dron. “We will offer them a three- or four-hour intensive outpatient program that will give them the tools they need to heal and succeed while still maintaining their work and school schedules.”

The new after-work and after-school sessions, called Intensive Outpatient programs, are expected to begin in late November.

The Sutter Center for Psychiatry Outpatient Center is staffed by psychologists, marriage and family therapists and other behavioral health professionals licensed by the state of California. The Outpatient Center’s recovery approach empowers individuals to identify and build on their strengths toward a better understanding of their condition and improved quality of life. The programs offer intensive services for people who do not require the 24-hour care provided in the acute inpatient setting. These services typically include:

  • Care coordination.
  • Transition of care and discharge planning.
  • Family education and support.
  • Primarily group therapy with some individual therapy.
  • Medical evaluation.
  • Chemical dependency assessment for secondary drug and alcohol problems.

For more on Sutter Center for Psychiatry, call (916) 386-3000 or visit the website www.suttermedicalcenter.org/psychiatry. To hear Mayor-elect Steinberg’s full remarks at the grand opening, go to www.youtube.com/watch?v=FELuX1JXqCc&t.

Posted by on Nov 18, 2016 in Our Services, Psychiatric Services, Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento | 0 comments