REDDING, CA (May 20, 2015) - Shasta Regional Medical Center is bringing
Scott Zeller, MD, Chief of Psychiatric Emergency Services for Alameda
Health System in San Leandro, CA, to speak on the Alameda Model, a Psychiatric
Emergency Services unit on Thursday, May 28, at the Cascade Theatre starting
at 6:30 p.m. The event is free to the public and tickets are available
at the Cascade Theater or Shasta Regional Medical Center.
Dr. Zeller is a pioneer of advanced Psychiatric Emergency Services, (PES)
with a clinical framework now known as the Alameda Model. The protocols
of the Alameda Model addresses the issue of mental health patients spending
extraordinary long hours in the Emergency Department, (ED) as well as
lack of resources available for EDs for effective treatment and placement.
PES units have proven to reduce delays to psychiatric care by more than
80%, as well as providing effective assessment and treatment that has
stabilize over 75% of the crisis mental health patients avoiding unnecessary
The mental healthcare delivery system in California is decentralized, under-resourced
and has uncontrollably collided with emergency medicine. Years of cuts
to local and state funded mental health programs have caused an increased
reliance on hospital EDs, yet, many hospitals have limited, if any onsite
mental health services.
Dr. Zeller states, “The Alameda Model is currently possible in all
California hospitals and health systems due to a facility based billing
code for “Crisis Stabilization” within Medi-Cal.”
Cyndy Gordon, CEO, Shasta Regional Medical Center states, “It’s
well documented the growing number of mental health patients seeking psychiatric
care in EDs, and the reliance on EDs as a treatment center for mental
illness is ineffective; we need appropriate resources for patients with
acute needs for psychiatric care.” Gordon further stated, “Dr.
Zeller’s proven Alameda Model providing improved access and treatment
for mental health care, increased stabilization rates, along with reduced
hospitalization costs, warrants the discussion if a regional PES unit
for Shasta County is possible.”
Dr. Zeller, recently name 2015 “Doctor of the Year” by the
National Council for Behavioral Health. His contributions also include
the development of multicenter guidelines considered Best Practice in
the Evaluation and Treatment of Agitation, (BETA). Before the BETA existent,
guidelines for treating mental illness focused solely on medication strategies.
Yet, agitation can result from countless causes, and its treatment is
multidimensional, with medication only playing a small part. The BETA
guidelines involves interventional aspects, including triage, diagnosis,
and verbal de-escalation, as well as medicine choices.