Inpatient Psychiatry - VA Northern California Health Care System
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Inpatient Psychiatry

  • Director of Inpatient Psychiatry Services: Nima Fahimian, MD
  • PICU Director: Denise Kellaher, MD
  • PICU Contact: (916) 843-9277
  • JIMHU Medical Director: Drew Ross, MD
  • JIMHU Contact: (707) 423-3271

Locked inpatient psychiatric units are located at Mather (Sacramento) and David Grant Medical Center (on Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield). The Mather unit has 10 beds and is referred to as the Psychiatric Inpatient Care Unit (PICU). The (DGMC) unit has 12 beds and is a joint venture with the Department of Defense, serving Veterans, active duty personnel, and Tricare beneficiaries. It is referred to as the Joint Inpatient Mental Health Unit (JIMHU). The mission of the inpatient units is to provide comprehensive, compassionate, and effective treatment to patients with acute mental health needs using a recovery model. The treatment team is multidisciplinary, including psychiatry, nursing, psychology, pharmacy, social work, occupational therapy, addiction therapy, and chaplaincy. Treatment tools include medication management, psychosocial education classes, group psychotherapy, living skills, family meetings, a variety of individual therapies, and discharge planning.