Integrated Behavioral Health Services
"We're providing an intermediate level of mental health care– preventing the issue from blowing up into a major crisis."
Daryn Reicherter, M.D, Clinical Director of IBHS
Serious Need for Access to Mental Health Care
RFHC serves a high-need area that was seriously under resourced for decades.
In the past, the County was the sole source of mental health services for people in East Palo Alto and Belle Haven. That changed in 2008 with the advent of our Integrated Behavioral Health Services (IBHS) program designed for patients with less acute mental health issues.
Behavioral Health Services Team
Our team includes two licensed Psychologists and a licensed Clinical Social Worker who are supported by the Clinical Director of IBHS, Dr. Reicherter who is also a Clinical Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford.
RFHC’s primary care providers refer pediatric and adult patients to IBHS for evaluation and short-term counseling support. In 2014, IBHS provided services to 836 patients in 2,438 visits, doubling the prior year.
IBHS Area of Focus
- Adults with chronic disease who often suffer from depression and anxiety
- Children with emotional issues such as hyperactivity, poor school performance, self-injury, emotional detachment
- Parents who need guidance in parenting
- Victims of domestic violence
- Substance abusers with co-occurring mental health disorders who are in recovery.
Note: In case of serious mental illness, the patient is referred to the County’s Behavioral Health & Recovery Services. Suspected cases of child abuse are referred to Child Protective Services