Behavioral Health is the field of healthcare that brings together the mind with the body. When we experience something in the world that is upsetting, it brings up feelings and thoughts that can create problems in the body. For example, getting cut off in traffic makes us angry; if we continue to think about it, it causes us to become upset.
Behavioral health (also referred to as mental health) at RCMS is seen as a state of wellbeing in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stressors of life, can work productively, can participate in interpersonal pro-social relationships, and is able to contribute to the overall health of his or her own community.
RCMS has a team of behavioral health specialists on staff who can help you deal with stress and stress-related concerns, anxiety, depression, relationship issues and other concerns.
To make an appointment call 707-884-4005, or talk to your medical provider at RCMS.
Behavioral Health Services at RCMS
The RCMS Behavioral Health program offers a broad range of services in both Gualala and Point Arena clinics. Services include:
How are Behavioral Health Services provided at Redwood Coast Medical Services?
RCMS has embedded Behavioral Health Services within the Primary Care Services. This model allows RCMS medical providers to work closely with behavioral health providers, when appropriate, in full support of your health.
Why is Behavioral Health important?
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), it is estimated that only about 17% of adults in the US are considered to be in a state of optimal mental health. There is emerging evidence that positive behavioral health is associated with improved medical outcomes and overall health. Behavioral disorders, especially depressive disorders, are strongly related to the occurrence and course of many health issues and chronic conditions including diabetes, cancer, chronic pain, and cardiovascular disease.
Behavioral Health Providers
Andrew Steiger, LCSW
James Dotson, MD, Psychiatrist
Behavioral Health Director - Jeff Nerney, PsyD
RCMS Medical Director – Mark Kal, MD
Behavioral Health Outreach
Heather Regelbrugge, BA
Over the past 15 years, a dramatic increase in the number of opioid pain medications prescribed nationwide has led to an epidemic of misuse, abuse, dependency, overdoses, tragic accidental deaths, and suicides. Our local community has been affected by this issue, as has every other community in the nation. In response to this crisis, RCMS is developing a new program focusing on alternatives to opioid pain medications. The goal of the new program is to restore our community to optimal health by reducing the amount of opioid pain medications prescribed and offering individual treatment alternatives.
Both federal and state governments have established new regulations for reducing the amount of opioid pain medications that can be prescribed by your provider. RCMS' intention is to deliver the best care it can to our community, by implementing this new program. Look here for further updates.
Pain Management Program at RCMS
Along with Behavioral Health Services, RCMS providers are committed to restoring patients to optimal health by tapering or eliminating the amount of opioid pain medications prescribed, and offering individual treatment alternatives. Services may include medication reviews, consultations, education, mindfulness, biofeedback trainings, and referrals to other pain management resources.
Check for upcoming Pain Management Courses here...
Pain Management Team
Tom Bertolli, MD
Wendy Cicek, MD
Lois Falk, FNP
Jacquie Lappé, RN
Trish Miller, RN
Jeff Nerney, PsyD