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About Our Behavioral Health Department


Frequently, emotional difficulties accompany a physical illness and may affect the ability to manage everyday life. Long-term mental illness can have devastating effects on individuals and families.

Mercy Medical Group's Behavioral Health Department offers counseling and psychiatric care for medically necessary services covered through patients' medical insurance. The Mental Health Parity Act (A.B. 88) provides for expanded mental health coverage for patients with some serious mental illnesses. Our Behavioral Health Department is a contracted provider for a number of mental health insurances:

  • Aetna Behavioral Health
  • APS
  • Blue Cross
  • Blue Shield
  • HealthNet
  • Magellan Behavioral Health/Health Affairs International
  • Managed Health Network
  • Medicare
  • PacifiCare Behavioral Health, Inc.
  • United Behavioral Health
  • U.S. Behavioral Health Plan
  • Value Options
  • Western Health Advantage

We also accept cash pay patients. Call Mercy Medical Group, Behavioral Health intake at (916) 924-6400 for the most current information on insurance accepted for mental health care or to schedule an appointment. Mercy Medical Group counseling and psychiatry services at the Behavioral Health Department provide confidential and high-quality mental health care to individuals, families, adolescents and children. Two children's centers offer special expertise in counseling for children and their parents. Mercy Medical Group also offers a comprehensive Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

Mercy Medical Group's skilled, objective professionals can provide compassionate and confidential counseling or psychiatric care when needed. The staff will work with you and your Primary Care Physician to ensure that both your emotional and physical health needs are addressed.

You do not need a Primary Care Physician referral to access Mercy Medical Group counseling and psychiatry services. In addition, the Behavioral Health staff will work with you to maximize insurance benefits. Most insurance companies require an authorization for mental health services. Please call the number on the back of your insurance card and request an authorization to see a Mercy Medical Group Behavioral Health Department counselor or psychiatrist.

Then, call (916) 924-6400 to schedule an appointment or to ask any questions you may have of our responsive staff. If you reach our voice messaging system when you call, please be assured that we take great care to protect your confidentiality when returning your call. Kindly leave your name and phone number and a convenient time to contact you. We will do so promptly.

Services include:

  • Individual counseling
  • Family and marital counseling
  • Crisis prevention and intervention
  • Psychiatric evaluation
  • Medication management and support
  • Referrals to community resources
  • Parent education and support

For more information about our behavioral health specialists, visit our convenient online physician directory.

In the event of a medical emergency, please first call 9-1-1.

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Mercy Medical Group
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3000 Q Street
Sacramento, CA 95816
(916) 733-3333