For the past 25 years, Suzane Wilbur has been a psychiatric mental health nurse for the County of Los Angeles Department of Mental Health (LAC-DMH), the largest public mental health agency in the nation. She has extensive experience in developing and managing mental health programs for people with severe and persistent mental illness.
Mrs. Wilbur is experienced in psychiatric emergency evaluations and has responded to medical emergency room requests for evaluation of patients with mental illnesses. She also has provided continuing education in psychiatric assessment and treatment for emergency room nurses. From 1991 to 1999, she directed an assertive community treatment program that provided emergency behavioral health services in the community.
In 2005, Mrs. Wilbur became the Director of the first psychiatric Urgent Care Center (UCC) in Los Angeles County. Mrs. Wilbur wrote policies and procedures, implemented the program, and provided staff development in psychiatric emergency care. Her publications and presentations include:
Wilbur S, Lynn G. (2007) People with Mental Illnesses in Medical Emergency Rooms: Assessing, Intervening, and Resolving Problems with Dignity and Respect. Course presented at the American Psychiatric Nurses Association Annual Conference, Orlando, Florida.
Arns P, Wilbur S. (2004) Community Mental Health Services for Recently Released Forensic Clients: Challenges to Maintaining Community Tenure. Forensic Mental Health Nursing Institute at American Psychiatric Nurses Association Annual conference, Phoenix, AZ.