Northern Nevada Adult Mental Health Services (NNAMHS)

Northern Nevada Adult Mental Health Services (NNAMHS)

1 Full-Time Position, APPIC Program Code: 2323-11

General Information:

Northern Nevada Adult Mental Health Services (NNAMHS) provides comprehensive care primarily to individuals with serious behavioral health disorders. NNAMHS provides inpatient and outpatient services to adults and their families, serving over 1,600 clients annually. Inpatient care is provided at the Dini-Townsend Psychiatric Hospital, which has a 20-bed Inpatient Unit and an inpatient Rapid Stabilization Unit (RSU) with a 10-bed capacity.

Several community programs provide outpatient behavioral health services. Outpatient programs at NNAHMS include:

  • Medication Clinic
  • Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT)
  • Psychosocial Rehabilitation Program
  • Peer Support programs
  • Housing and Residential Programs
  • Psychiatric Case Management
  • Mental Health and Family Mental Health Courts
  • Outpatient Psychological and Counseling Services

The staff at NNAMHS is comprised of a variety of disciplines including psychologists, licensed clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists, licensed alcohol and drug counselors, psychiatrists, psychiatric residents, advanced practice nurses, registered nurses, case managers, mental health technicians, and consumer service advocates. There are four psychologist positions at NNAMHS, three primarily assigned to outpatient services and one primarily assigned to inpatient services at the Dini-Townsend Psychiatric Hospital.

Internship Experience:

Interns at NNAMHS work in outpatient and inpatient settings, serving adults experiencing a wide range of serious mental health problems. Interns receive supervision from staff psychologists. Our internship contributes to the development of competent clinical psychologists skilled in diagnosis, psychological treatment, psychological testing, and systems consultation. Interns learn risk assessment, crisis intervention, interviewing and assessment skills, and other screening techniques. Psychological treatment includes individual as well as group therapy. Work in the inpatient and outpatient settings offers interns an opportunity to work closely with a variety of behavioral health professionals. The inpatient units at the Dini Townsend Hospital embrace a recovery model. Treatment approaches include empirically supported strategies, including CBT, DBT, ACT, motivational interviewing, and solution-focused therapy. Interns work with socioeconomically disadvantaged individuals who suffer from a wide range of psychological difficulties including trauma, depression, psychosis, personality disorders, and substance use disorders. Some degree of flexibility accommodates individual intern interests in terms of the types of clients seen, development and implementation of particular treatment groups, and types of assessment activities.

Additional available experience includes work with Nevada Aging and Disability Services Division/Developmental Services located at the adjacent Sierra Regional Center (SRC) in Sparks, NV. SRC provides community-based services to children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities such as autism, seizure disorders, cerebral palsy, and traumatic brain injury. SRC offers interns additional training and experience in areas of evaluation, consultation, and clinical services to individuals, families, staff, and support teams with an emphasis on supporting community inclusion and attaining personal outcomes. Under the supervision of SRC psychological services team, much of the intern experience at SRC will be focused on conducting evaluations using a variety of assessment instruments and batteries that inform decisions around eligibility for services and programs, examine differential diagnoses, and integrate/synthesize findings and recommendations.

Interns also may have the opportunity to complete a rotation at Community Health Alliance (CHA), which is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) located in Reno, NV that provides the community with medical, dental, behavioral health and many ancillary services at 6 different locations. CHA serves over 30,000 individual, mostly low-income, patients in the Reno/Sparks area. The Integrated Behavioral Health Program at CHA utilizes fully licensed behavioral health clinicians, clinical interns, and student externs from various disciplines within the behavioral health profession. Together, they work side by side with the medical team to address the many health needs of the patients and their families. This program is rooted in a holistic integrated care approach that places the patient at the center of their own treatment and addresses both medical and behavioral health concerns. It is a collaborative approach to care and utilizes a “team” of providers and care coordinators to enhance outcomes. The end-result is a well-educated, motivated patient that experiences fewer symptoms, costs the healthcare system as well as patient less money, reduces hospitalizations, and promotes higher patient satisfaction.

Site Director

Bill Jackson, Ph.D. (bsjackson@health.nv.gov)