Minor Emergency Response Team
The Minor Emergency Response Team (MERT) is located within the Treatment Center at 2150 Stockton Blvd. MERT mental health assessments and crisis services to children and adolescents are provided by an interdisciplinary team of skilled professionals including nurses, counselors, and psychiatrists. Clinical and diagnostic services from MERT are available from 8 am – 8 pm on a walk-in basis for children and families in the Sacramento community. The staff assess whether children in crisis need hospital care or outpatient services.
In addition to providing triage and crisis stabilization services, the MERT team receives many calls from concerned parents and caretakers. Support and guidance is available from the MERT staff from 10:00 am - 7:00pm at (916) 875-1113 or (916) 875-1114. The Sacramento County telephone number that individuals can call to access mental health services after hours is (888) 881-4881. For all contacts, interpreters are available at no charge to the caller when needed.
When hospitalization is necessary, MERT staff coordinates the process and arrange for the minor to be transferred to an inpatient unit. Discharge planning and collaboration occurs between the MERT staff and the many community based organizations that provide services to the children and families of Sacramento County to ensure that wherever possible, children and youth remain in their home and natural environment with additional supports.
A broad continuum of care is available within the Sacramento community for children and families in need of mental health services and support. Outpatient individual, family and group therapies as well as other evaluative and treatment services are available. These treatment services are linked by the MERT staff in a timely fashion with final authorization and coordination done by the Child & Family Access Team. The Access Team matches convenient and accessible culturally competent services to the client and family.
Children and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinic
The Children and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinic provides non-emergency psychiatric, psychological and medication assessments. This clinic is located at 3331 Power InnRoad, along with many other Sacramento County children’s mental health programs. Their interdisciplinary team including a pediatrician and nursing staff along with psychiatry and psychology staff, are available for screening, testing and consultation of eligible children. Services for this clinic are authorized by the Child and Family Access Team, which also operates from the Granite Regional Park site.