Mental Health

Help for depression, anxiety, substance abuse, pain, mental health problems

Good emotional health is essential to a person’s physical well-being. When severe emotional or behavioral problems impair one’s daily activities and mental wellness, intensive outpatient psychiatric care can help.

A Spectrum of Care

St. Joseph Outpatient Behavioral Health Services (OBHS), located in Santa Rosa, offers individuals with acute mental illnesses assistance in learning new and more effective ways to cope with the challenges they face in their daily lives.

We offer two levels of outpatient treatment programming, partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient treatment. Specialty tracks include dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) group program, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)/dual diagnosis (substance abuse with mental illness), chronic pain and senior acute behavioral care

Our goal is to restore hope, happiness and productivity to the lives of those we care for. Each of our intensive, multidisciplinary programs provides a supportive environment where clients acquire the skills and resources necessary to enhance their quality of life and gain maximum functional independence.

For more information, please call (707) 547-5450.

About our Department

Partial hospital program - Making the transition

The Partial Hospital Program offers comprehensive, intensive treatment for clients who are either transitioning from an inpatient level of care, or those who need more structure than traditional outpatient therapy can provide.

Our multidisciplinary team provides treatment in a caring and comfortable environment during the day, enabling clients to return to their homes and families each night. Highly structured, goal-oriented treatment is provided six hours per day, three to five days a week (M-F).

Intensive outpatient treatment - Building new skills for wellness

Intensive Outpatient Treatment is designed to reduce symptoms of mental illness and further improve functioning. This program provides support for clients who have been stabilized, but still need comprehensive, therapeutic treatment and skill building.

Individual treatment planning, psychiatric evaluation, multidisciplinary treatment and discharge planning are provided. The intensive outpatient program is offered three to four hours per day, one to three days a week.

Dual diagnosis - Breaking the cycle of addiction / substance abuse

We provide care for acutely mentally ill clients who may also have issues with alcohol or substance abuse. The program includes individual, group and family therapy, addiction and mental illness education, behavior modification, goal setting, coping techniques, relapse prevention strategies, 12-step programs and other treatment methods to support clients in the recovery process.

Chronic pain - Finding inner peace

The Chronic Pain Program focuses on reducing the impact of chronic pain and disabling illness on the lives of clients and their families. The interdisciplinary care team includes specialists in medicine, psychology, occupational therapy, social work, substance abuse and family therapy.

The team works with each client to create an individualized care plan. Treatment may include individual and family therapy, education, coping skills, stress reduction and art therapy.

Senior acute behavioral care - The special needs of older adults

It is not uncommon for older adults to develop mental health complications. Declining physical health, the loss of a spouse or lifelong friends, the stress of a changing lifestyle and the side effects of medication are just a few of the causes of depression and other acute behavioral disorders among seniors. Research shows that nearly one-fourth of all attempted suicides are by older adults.

We provide a comprehensive program tailored to the unique needs of mentally ill seniors and their families. The program is intense, focused, and challenges seniors to be actively involved in their treatment. The Senior Program is offered three to four hours a day, up to four days a week (schedule varies by location). Lunch is provided.

Clinical staff - A treatment team that cares

Our most valuable resource is our caring staff of healthcare professionals who support and guide each client through the recovery process. We integrate the patient's personal goals into the treatment program using the specialized skills of clinical experts who work closely together as a multidisciplinary team.

  • Our treatment team:
  • Board Certified Psychiatrists
  • Licensed Psychologists
  • Psychiatric Nurses
  • Licensed Clinical Social Workers
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists

Planning for continuing care - Support on the path to recovery

Our resource staff provides referrals to outpatient psychiatrists and other community resources for ongoing support following discharge. After discharge, clients are welcome to attend OBHS's free weekly Aftercare Program.

Admissions and referrals - An open door for anyone in need

We encourage all people in the community who want help to come to OBHS. We are one of the very few behavioral health organizations that welcome self-referred clients as well as those who are recommended by health care professionals, family, friends and co-workers. Most insurance plans including Kaiser (by Kaiser referral only), Medicare and self-payment are accepted. For those who need it, transportation can be arranged.

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