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Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

General Psychiatry Training Sites

Jail Psychiatric Services

The Sacramento County Main Jail is located in the heart of downtown Sacramento. The Jail houses 2,400 inmates with an 18-bed inpatient psychiatric unit. Approximately 20% of the inmates in the Jail have a prior psychiatric history. The forensic psychiatry resident provides psychiatric evaluations for the jail "outpatient" clinic. During this clinical experience, the resident goes to various housing units within the jail and assesses inmates with potential mental health issues. The resident also consults with general medical physicians regarding the interface of alcohol and drug withdrawal with potential suicidality. Educational opportunities include bi-weekly case conferences and individual supervision. Assigned supervisors have added qualifications in forensic psychiatry and provide ongoing supervision. For more information about forensic psychiatry at UC Davis, call the Division of Psychiatry and the Law office at (916) 734-0870.

UC Davis Medical Center Psychosomatic Medicine Service

The psychosomatic medicine service provides expert psychosomatic medicine consultation services to medical/surgical patients in a wide variety of clinical settings. Inpatient consultations are conducted at the 528-bed UC Davis Medical Center, a Level 1 Trauma Center, and the major tertiary care medical center for inland northern California. In addition, the fellow may be assigned to the Bioethics Consult Service. Outpatient consultations are conducted at the Sacramento County Primary Care Clinics and the UC Davis Medical Center departments of Internal Medicine, Transplant Surgery, and Gastric Bypass Surgery. Patients may also be evaluated in various rural clinics via telepsychiatry.

Sacramento County Aftercare Clinic and Bowling Green Clinic

The Sacramento County Aftercare Clinic is an adult community mental health clinic that serves the economically disadvantaged, with essentially 100% insured through California's Medicaid program.  Approximately 30% of the patients are non-English-speaking, primarily Hmong, Mien, Vietnamese or Eastern European.  The most common disorders are depressive, anxiety, and psychotic disorders.  Second year psychiatry residents spend three months working full time in the clinic.  The psychiatry residents provide psychopharmacologic therapy and group psychotherapy.

Sacramento County Mental Health Treatment Center

The Sacramento County Mental Health Treatment Center (SCMHTC) is a 50-bed inpatient facility combined with an intake unit. SCMHTC is run by Sacramento County, but staffed by UC Davis physicians. Most patients are publicly-funded with primary diagnoses of psychotic disorders (45%), mood disorders (40%) and others. The inpatient unit receives 140-170 admissions per month with an average length of stay of 15 days and a median length of stay of 4.5 days.  There are two inpatient treatment teams, each with an attending psychiatrist, two PGY-2 residents, three psychologists/social workers, two third-year medical students, elective fourth-year medical students, and others.

VA Sacramento Medical Center (Psychiatric inpatient care unit)

The Mather VA psychiatric inpatient care unit (PICU) is part of the Northern California VA Health Care System, which serves a population of about 70,000 veterans annually, scattered over 17 counties and 40,000 square miles. The unit operates a ten bed locked, acute psychiatric facility, meeting the latest strict VA environment of care standards. Our missions is to provide comprehensive, compassionate and effective treatment to veterans with mental health needs, with the goal of empowering them to live meaningful, self-determined lives in their communities while striving to achieve their full potential. We have a vision to enhance veteran well-being through the use of high quality, innovative interdisciplinary care. Our treatment team, each of whom plays a vital role in working alongside the patient in assisting their recovery, consists of addiction therapists, chaplains, dietitians, health technicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, nursing assistants, occupational therapists, psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers. This is a very patient-centered unit with the veterans expected to be active participants in managing their recovery effectively.