Update from Jacksonville
In case you don’t already know, the Sulzbacher Center is Northeast Florida’s largest provider of comprehensive services for homeless men, women and children. We are one of only a few centers in the nation to offer a full range of services for the homeless 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
In one day over 1500 meals are served to then hungry and safe shelter is provided to 360 men, women and children, but even non-residents can access comprehensive primary health care, behavioral health care, dental care, and prescription assistance.
Next year, the Sulzbacher Center is planning on opening Sulzbacher Village – a new community for women and families on the north side of Jacksonville. For the first time ever there are now two psychiatrists at the Sulzbacher Center, myself and Dr. Colleen Bell (Medical Director of Sulzbacher Behavioral Health), and we also have several ARNPs both at the downtown campus and the beaches clinic.
Street psychiatry is alive and well and is a way to offer hope and encouragement to those most isolated from society. We plan on resuming UF Medical Student education here this September, and will have residents from UF Jacksonville and UF Gainesville throughout the year in the hopes of building a Community Psychiatry Fellowship in honor of Dr. Christensen.
I am also spending one day per week doing Consult-Liaison work at UF Jacksonville and really enjoy keeping my psychosomatic skills up as well as fostering communication between our two departments. Please let me know if you would like to come for a visit the Sulzbacher, we are happy to show off the great work we are doing!
Ana Turner, MD
Assistant Professor, University of Florida College of Medicine
UF Gainesville Dept of Psychiatry at the IM Sulzbacher Center
Consult Liaison Psychiatrist
UF Health Jacksonville Dept of Psychiatry