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David Grant USAF Medical Center - Joint Inpatient Mental Health Unit (JIMHU)

Mental Health Screening

Mental Health Screening

Maj. (Dr.) Vu Le, 60th Medical Operations Squadron medical director of the Joint Inpatient Mental Health Unit and Maj. Susan Von Eicken, 60th Inpatient Squadron nurse, brief Brig. Gen. (Dr.) Byron C. Hepburn, Air Force Medical Support Agency commander and Col. (Dr.) Lee E. Payne,  60th Medical Group commander on the new DoD/VA Joint Inpatient Mental Health Unit at David Grant USAF Medical Center.  General Hepburn, a former 60th Medical Group commander, has recently been selected to be deputy Surgeon General for the Air Force.  (U.S. Air Force photo / Jim Spellman)

Maj. (Dr.) Vu Le, 60th Medical Operations Squadron medical director of the Joint Inpatient Mental Health Unit and Maj. Susan Von Eicken, 60th Inpatient Squadron nurse, brief Brig. Gen. (Dr.) Byron C. Hepburn, Air Force Medical Support Agency commander and Col. (Dr.) Lee E. Payne, 60th Medical Group commander on the new DoD/VA Joint Inpatient Mental Health Unit at David Grant USAF Medical Center. General Hepburn, a former 60th Medical Group commander, has recently been selected to be deputy Surgeon General for the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo / Jim Spellman)


Opened in June 2009, DGMC's Joint Inpatient Mental Health Unit is a joint venture Department of Defense/Department of Veterans Affairs inpatient psychiatric facility designed to provide state-of-the-art psychiatric treatment. The JIMHU offers an individualized, innovative, and multidisciplinary approach including daily treatment team meetings, intense therapeutic activities (both individual and group therapies), educational classes, occupational therapy, chaplain support, and 24/7 access to a dedicated team of helping professionals.

Patient care treatment goals are developed collaboratively with the patient and his/her family when appropriate, and are reviewed daily to assess progress or initiate modifications to ensure treatment success and safe, thorough discharge planning and continuity of care and maintenance of treatment goals.

This exceptional facility has a 20 Bed capacity with two seclusion rooms, two ADA rooms, two day rooms, and two treatment rooms. The JIMHU is Northern California's largest VA center north of Palo Alto to Portland, OR, and one of the largest DoD inpatient psychiatric facilities in the country.

Consistent with DGMC's commitment to graduate education and staff development, the JIMHU is actively involved in establishing training agreements for Air Force psychiatric nurses, VA psychologists, Air Force psychiatrists, and civilian medical specialists.

The JIMHU has also been certified by the state of California to accept patients in need of involuntary psychiatric hospitalization, in accordance with California's Health and Welfare Code 5150

Additional Resources:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
National Institute of Mental Health
National Alliance on Mental Illness