To introduce this this new program to the community, the Division of Behavioral Health Services and Turning Point Community Programs hosted an open house on Tuesday where Sacramento County Board of Supervisors, County staff, system partners and community members were in attendance.
“This intermediate level of service for mental health has been an ongoing need in our community,” says Uma Zykofsky, Sacramento County Behavioral Health Services Director. “This will fill the gap between outpatient and inpatient services and serve as a connector to the appropriate level of service needed. This clinic will allow us to test different ways to successfully adapt the physical health urgent care model to address mental health needs in our community for all ages. What we learn will provide our local practice with the insights needed to improve our county’s service delivery system across many healthcare partners.”
In addition to helping stabilize community members experiencing a mental health crisis, the Mental Health Urgent Care Clinic will reduce the impact on hospital emergency departments and psychiatric hospitalizations. Once stabilized at the Mental Health Urgent Care Clinic, staff will make appropriate referrals for on-going mental health support and services. The opportunity to intervene at the start of a crisis will help staff reduce the impact a mental health crisis might have on patients such as loss of housing, broken/disrupted relationships, and/or incarceration.
“This clinic represents a core component of the mental health continuum the County and its partners are striving to create,” says Rosemary Younts, Dignity Health Behavioral Health Services Senior Director. “We’re excited over the benefits it will offer to our patients and all consumers and we look forward to continuing to work with the County in the future.”
Located on Stockton Boulevard on the same campus as the Mental Health Treatment Center, the Mental Health Urgent Care Clinic will be open 7 days a week from10 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Friday and from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. weekends and holidays. The address is 2130 Stockton Boulevard, Building 300. The clinic will offer a variety of services including, clinical and psychiatry services, alcohol and drug screening, medication, peer support and recovery services.