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Psychiatric Health Facility
Many Hands Forming a Heart Shape

The Psychiatric Health Facility (PHF) is a 16-bed, 24-hour inpatient facility that provides short-term hospitalization for adults 18 years of age and older with emergency psychiatric needs. Services offered within the PHF are at a more intensive level of care than what is available in an outpatient or urgent/crisis clinic settings. The PHF provides client-centered care in a structured, secure environment. Care is provided by a multidisciplinary team of psychiatrists, mental health therapists, nurses, mental health workers, and other supportive providers, and is inclusive of client input into care planning.

The PHF’s treatment emphasis is on continuous assessment of individual client progress and stabilization in inpatient care, improvement of the client’s level of wellness, and transitional planning with referrals to appropriate outpatient care or other services upon discharge. The PHF recognizes that client support systems (loved ones and family members) may be important to the client’s wishes for their own care. While confidentiality rules apply, with the client’s express permission, family members and important support persons can be included in care processes. Additionally, per multiple privacy laws, clients have the right to keep their care at the PHF confidential.

You may reach the PHF nursing station at (530) 822-7209. PHF staff may only discuss general program information with you unless an admitted patient has signed a Release of Information (ROI) authorizing staff to share information with you about their treatment. Without an ROI, staff cannot provide any patient-related information.

If you would like to contact a patient hospitalized at the PHF via phone, feel free to call the patient's direct line at (530) 822-7204.


Visiting Hours:
Mondays - Fridays: 4:00-8:30pm
Weekends and Holidays: 10:00am-8:30pm
Visits are limited to 30-60 minutes.

Currently, in-person visiting is not permitted due to COVID-19 restrictions. As a result, visitors are restricted to phone or video calls when possible.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Please find several Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) below that may assist you in understanding the services provided at the PHF. If you have additional questions or would like more information about the PHF, you may call the Director of Nursing at (530) 822-7200 ext. 2205 or the Program Manager, at (530) 822-7200 ext. 2217 during regular business hours.

Inpatient psychiatric hospitalization is designed to help people who are going through an emergency behavioral health crisis. This includes psychiatric stabilization for an individual who is a danger to themselves, others, or gravely disabled and needing 24-hour care in a secure and therapeutic setting. Individuals treated in inpatient settings may have symptoms of anxiety, depression, or mania, or may be experiencing altered thought processes. Inpatient psychiatric hospital care may be provided on a voluntary or involuntary basis. Involuntary care includes individuals who come to inpatient psychiatric hospitals on a 5150 hold. The length of inpatient psychiatric hospital care is determined by the needs of the individual and in collaboration with multi-disciplinary treatment teams. Discharge planning from inpatient psychiatric hospital care includes linkage and/or coordination with outpatient or other service providers when inpatient care is no longer needed.

When a person, as a result of a mental health disorder, is a danger to others, or to himself/herself, or gravely disabled, they may be taken into custody against their will for up to 72 hours for assessment and evaluation. When there is probable cause for involuntary detention, those who are authorized to take an individual into custody are:

  • A peace officer
  • A member of the attending staff of a facility designated by the county for evaluation and treatment.
  • Designated members of a crisis team
  • A professional person designated by the county

While being detained, crisis intervention or placement for evaluation and treatment may be initiated. If you are brought into a mental health facility against your will due to the circumstances described above, you may be held for up to 72 hours for treatment and evaluation, unless the mental health facility treatment team can establish that you need an additional 14 days of mental health treatment (Welfare and Institutions Code Sections 5150 and 5250).


  • Intoxication from ingestion of alcohol or under the influence of illegal drugs
  • Organic brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Traumatic Brain Injury or Intellectual Disability

Undeniable Rights

  • Right to least restrictive treatment services
  • Right to dignity, privacy and humane care
  • Right to be free from harm
  • Right to prompt medical treatment
  • Right to religious freedom
  • Right to education
  • Right to social interaction
  • Right to physical exercise and recreation
  • Right to be free from seclusion and restraint unless behavior becomes dangerous to the patient or others
  • Right to see and receive the services of an advocate
The following rights can be denied with good cause. Good cause exists when exercising a right could cause injury, serious infringement to the rights of others, or serious damage to the facility, and there is no less restrictive alternative.
  • Right to wear one's own clothing
  • Right to personal possessions
  • Right to keep and spend money
  • Right to reasonable access to individual storage space
  • Right to see visitors each day
  • Right to reasonable access to the phone
  • Right to access letter-writing materials
  • Right to mail and receive unopened mail

If you don’t meet criteria for inpatient psychiatric hospital care, there may be other services and supports provided by Sutter- Yuba Behavioral Health that may meet your needs. If you are experiencing a psychiatric crisis, please call our Psychiatric Emergency Services phone line at (530) 673-8255 or toll free at (888) 923-3800, which is answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

If you are not in crisis but would just like some emotional support, you may call the California Peer Run Warm line at 1-855-845-7415 which is available 24/7. Staff answering this number are peers, or individuals who have also lived with behavioral health conditions. While staff answering this line are not counselors or therapists, they are professionally trained peer staff that understand from their own life experiences, behavioral health issues, struggles and the hope that recovery and wellness are possible. All calls are confidential.

Also, the CalHOPE line, 1-833-317-4673 is a non-crisis warm line that anyone can call for emotional support related to COVID as a resource. It is available 7am – 11pm, Monday through Friday. Callers to the CalHOPE line may confidentially discuss concerns, worries or frustrations with friendly, supportive call center staff. While staff answering this line are not counselors or therapists, they are professionally trained peer staff that understand from their own life experiences behavioral health issues, struggles and the hope that recovery and wellness are possible.

A description of Patients’ Rights is below:

Behavioral Health Patients Rights Advocates for Sutter and Yuba Counties

The SmithWaters Group
Frank and Willyum SmithWaters
1 (800) 970-5816

What Patients’ Rights Advocates Do:

  • Represent Consumers at Inpatient Psychiatric Hospitals – Patients’ Rights Advocates travel to psychiatric hospitals throughout Sutter and Yuba Counties. County and represent patients who are involuntarily detained. The Advocate prepares consumers for their certification review hearings. The hearings are held to determine if the treatment facility has sufficient cause to hold the patient without his/her consent. Advocates also represent consumers at medication capacity hearings (Riese hearings). These hearings are held to determine whether or not an involuntarily treated patient has the ability to consent to or refuse psychiatric medication.
  • Respond to Patients’ Rights Related Psychiatric Grievances and Complaints – Typically, Patients’ Rights Advocates investigate and respond to grievances and complaints about inpatient mental health providers. The complaints can come from consumers, family, and friends. Advocates also provide other advocacy and mediation services to consumers involving psychiatric providers, which can include outpatient providers.
  • Provide Residential Advocacy – Patients’ Rights Advocates, along with the State of California Community Care Licensing and the Ombudsman, investigate complaints about licensed board and cares and unlicensed residential facilities where consumers live. They also provide training on residential law and rights to consumers, family and providers.
  • Respond to Consumer Concerns at Long-Term Placement (IMD) facilities – Patients’ Rights Advocates work directly with consumers living in IMD/MHRC’s in Sutter and Yuba Counties, providers, families, and interested parties. Patients’ Rights Advocates also provide training and educational presentations on patients’ rights and mental health law to consumers, providers and interested parties.
  • Locate Missing Persons – Assist families and friends to find missing mental health consumers without violating consumer’s privacy or HIPAA regulations.
  • Provide Medi-Cal Beneficiary Publications and Forms – Distribute information explaining Medi-Cal mental health services and grievance forms in the threshold languages.

Contact Information

Hospital and Emergency Services Program Manager: Susan Williamson, LCSW
Director of Psychiatric Nursing: Renee Horney
Address: 1965 Live Oak Blvd.
Yuba City, CA 95991
Phone Number: (530) 822-7200
Email: Send Message
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