Sacramento is one of the most ethnically diverse and integrated metropolitan areas in the country. Our department has long recognized the importance of providing culturally relevant care and has an equally long history of working with local counties and community partners to provide mental health for all. Further, our location in the capital of California allows our department to help shape policies and programs to improve quality and access to mental health services for people in our community and beyond. 

Following are some of the highlights of our engagement in the community.

County, community and state programs

We work with Sacramento County to bring mental health services to the underserved and the most in need. This relationship benefits the people we directly help and improves the lives of all that live in the area. The county programs we work with include:

  • Sacramento Mental Health Treatment Center
  • Sacramento County Primary Care Center
  • Adult Psychiatric Support Services (APSS)
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (CAPS)
  • Sacramento County Correctional Health
  • Urgent Care Clinic
  • Crisis Residential Unit Early Diagnosis and Preventative Treatment Clinic

In the community, we partner with a number of programs including Turning Point, Heritage Oaks and other facilities in the area.

Our department is fortunate to have a strong Forensics Psychiatry Program (the division of Psychiatry and the Law). Through this program, we partner with the Napa State Hospital and the Department of State Hospitals to bring mental health services and care to adults and juveniles at the local, state and national level.

An academic and research-based care model

Our strong community relationships benefit our training and education programs by providing a wide range of experiences for our residents, fellows and medical students. Of equal importance, our trainees work and learn from faculty members who have clinical and research expertise in a number of psychiatry subspecialties areas. This informs the care they provide to patients in the community.

We currently have trainees rotating at the following community sites as well as several Primary Care Network locations throughout the Sacramento Valley area: 

  • Mental Health Adult Psychiatric Support Services (APSS) – Stockton Clinic
  • Veterans Affairs - Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit
  • Napa State Hospital
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (CAPS)
  • Kaiser Electroconvulsive Therapy
  • Geriatric Psychiatry - Midtown Clinic
  • Sacramento Jail Psychiatric Services
  • Sacramento County Primary Care Center
  • Sacramento County Mental Health Treatment Center

Our community partnerships not only benefit our trainees but also the families and the people we care for, and allow us to create a level of leading-edge academic and research-based care that few academic institutions can replicate.