Perceptions about mental illness are hard to shake – even when it’s over a number of years and thousands of miles. Dr. Vanesa Disla, a psychiatry resident at SBH Health System, is learning this first hand. She says that back…
The Department of Psychiatry at SBH offers a wide range of clinical services to children, adults and geriatric patients. Our priorities include providing the highest quality of care for individuals and families who seek clinical care, and promoting the career development of faculty, trainees, and staff to further advance their level of expertise.
Many services for our patients are provided by SBH Behavioral Health (SBHBH), our affiliated comprehensive mental health outpatient program. The mission of SBHBH, formerly known as Fordham-Tremont Community Mental Health Center, is to improve the mental health and the overall quality of life for the diverse residents of the communities we serve.
In the past year, the Department has recruited six new psychiatrists, who together with the already established community of psychiatrists and psychologists are involved in the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders in our community.
Another recent accomplishment is the accreditation by ACGME (Accreditation Committee for Graduate Medical Education) of a new Psychiatry Residency Program designed to successfully train the next generation of psychiatrists. This program will enrich an academic environment which includes a robust medical student training module and a clinical psychology externship.
At a time when many Departments of Psychiatry are limiting, we are fortunate to continue to expand and to address the growing mental health needs of the diverse community our institutions serves.