The mental health treatment teams at Sovereign Health consist of multidisciplinary professionals with expertise in managing mental illness and co-occurring disorders, such as substance use. Treatment teams vary depending on individual patient needs and level of care, but our groups of experts typically include many or all of the following:
- Medical doctor: This board-certified physician completes a thorough history, physical examination and any tests necessary to determine the patient’s physical condition. Appropriate medications and monitoring directions are prescribed in collaboration with the psychiatrist.
- Psychiatrist: This physician who specializes in addiction medicine evaluates the patient from a psychiatric perspective and is available for crisis intervention when necessary. Medications to ease anxiety and stabilize mood throughout the detox process may be prescribed in collaboration with the medical doctor.
- Licensed nurse: The nurse monitors patients’ vital signs and withdrawal symptoms throughout the detox process. He or she obtains laboratory samples, inserts intravenous catheters and infusions (Nutritionally Assisted Detox), administers prescribed medications and communicates directly with the physicians.
- Psychologists: Our licensed psychologists work one-on-one with patients to ensure accurate diagnosis of all conditions, including underlying and co-occurring disorders. Our psychologists play a therapeutic role with the patient and help guide the treatment team to meet individual patient goals and needs.
- Psychotherapists: Our therapists facilitate talk therapy with patients, groups and families. Many psychotherapists have specialty areas of expertise, and patients are matched with therapists who can best address their specific condition and circumstances.
- Counselors: Our licensed mental health and substance abuse counselors assist patients in understanding the nature of mental illness and addiction and how to live with these conditions successfully.
- Case manager: The case manager facilitates communication between team members and the patient. Case managers also ensure the quality and continuity of care.
- Patient advocate: The patient advocate functions as a liaison between patients and their families as well as members of the treatment team. The patient advocate helps communicate patients’ wishes and needs, and handles their critical issues so that they can focus on getting well.
- Registered dietitian: The registered dietitian assesses patients’ history, current condition, medications, food preferences, lifestyle habits and other factors to assist them with food choices that will improve their nutritional status, health, well-being and quality of life. The dietitian also consults with the chef to ensure that each patient has meals that meet his or her dietary requirements and preferences.
- House manager: The house manager provides supervision to patients while they are in residential housing. House managers coordinate transportation, individual treatment schedules, meals, and communicate directly with treatment team members.
- Ancillary staff: Ancillary staff members provide many different types of supportive services to our patients and their families. We have equine therapists, art and music therapists, physical therapists, acupuncturists, neurofeedback specialists and many other important members of our treatment teams.
If you or a loved one is suffering from mental illness, understand that help is available. Sovereign Health of California accepts the majority of private insurance plans and provides insurance verification for no additional charge during admissions. Sovereign Health has partnered with My Treatment Lender to provide treatment loans for people who need assistance with financing their behavioral health treatment. For more information about our mental health services or any of our specialized programs, please call our 24/7 helpline.