The California Hospital Association (CHA) Center for Behavioral Health was formally established in 1992 to emphasize the importance of mental health and chemical dependency services and programs in California’s hospital and health care community.
Members of the center include CHA members that provide mental health and/or chemical dependency services. The center is governed by a 21-member advisory board that is proportionately representative of its membership.
The California Hospital Association (CHA) Center for Behavioral
Health was formally established in 1992 to emphasize the
importance of mental health and chemical dependency services and
programs in California’s hospital and health care community.
Members of the center include CHA members that provide mental
health and/or chemical dependency services. The center is
governed by a 21-member advisory board that is proportionately
representative of its membership.
The purposes of the center are to:
Provide a forum for all CHA members with a special interest
in mental health and/or chemical dependency to receive
and exchange information, adopt policies and positions,
guide management, adopt strategies, and serve as the primary
public policy arm of CHA for mental health and chemical
Provide mental health and chemical dependency facilities and
programs with a statewide structure dealing with the issues
important to their interests.
Create a representative form of leadership which is based on
the participation of all its members and the guidance of its
Provide direct input to the CHA Board of Trustees.
Provide advocacy on behalf of CHA members offering mental
health and/or chemical dependency services.
There are 58 counties in California. Not all of them have similar protocols or relationships with our hospitals. In fact, California hospitals have reported frustration or confusion when trying to decipher county mental health and substance use disorder services. Navigating multiple funding streams across multiple counties can be confusing.
On July 1, 2019, SB 1152 requires hospitals to have a written plan for coordinating services and referrals for homeless patients. Successful implementation will hinge upon working with your regional health care and social service agencies to ensure appropriate homeless patient discharge. Further, the law requires that hospitals maintain a log of homeless patients discharged and the destinations to which they were released after discharge.
The California Department of Public Health reminds
general acute care hospitals and acute psychiatric hospitals
that, effective Jan. 1, they may not require, as a condition of
admission, a person who voluntarily seeks care to be placed on an
involuntary hold under Section 5150 of the Welfare and
CHA’s Center for Behavioral Health presented its 2018 Šimanek
Distinguished Service Award to Paul Coleman, deputy director
of the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development’s
Facilities Development Division, during the 13th annual
Behavioral Health Care Symposium in Riverside earlier this month.
CHA and Our Health California (OHC) — a digital community of nearly 1 million supporters — have published two new data-focused videos in support of Behavioral Health Action. Co-founded by CHA this year, Behavioral Health Action is a coalition of more than 50 organizations working to engage candidates and raise awareness about the importance of addressing behavioral health issues statewide.
The videos are the first phase of a three-pronged OHC advocacy campaign to support Behavioral Health Action’s objectives between now and Election Day on Nov. 6. Titled Healthy Minds, each video “datagram” includes key facts about the behavioral health crisis — for example, that it affects millions of Americans, including 6 million Californians, and that many of those affected don’t seek the help they need. The OHC web page also includes information on signs to watch for, available resources and the need to destigmatize mental health issues.
Next week, OHC will launch an advocacy petition urging the 330 congressional and state legislative candidates to prioritize behavioral health issues and provide a written/video response for the Behavioral Health Action website. Between mid-October and Nov. 6, OHC will promote a “get out the vote” campaign urging its community and others to vote for candidates who have clearly prioritized health care issues, including behavioral health.
New resources from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services
Administration (SAMHSA) seek to provide greater support for first
responders’ mental health. According to a recent national study,
19 percent of first responders reported having had thoughts of
suicide, while 27 percent reported having struggled with
substance use issues, and 81 percent said they feared being
seen as weak or unfit for duty if they asked for help. With input
from first responders, SAMHSA developed a
new, online training course that addresses occupational
stressors; mental health and substance use issues, including
depression, post traumatic stress disorder, suicidality and
alcohol use; resilience; and healthy coping mechanisms, including
demonstrations of stress management techniques. It is accredited
by the Commission on Accreditation for Pre-Hospital Continuing
Education for continuing education credit.
According to a
new report from the California HealthCare Foundation, many
Californians who experience mental illness do not get treatment.
Despite federal and state laws that mandate parity in coverage of
mental and physical illness, approximately two-thirds of adults
with a mental illness and two-thirds of adolescents with major
depressive episodes do not get treatment. However, the number of
adults receiving specialty mental health services through
Medi-Cal has increased by nearly 50 percent from 2012 to 2015 —
coinciding with expansion of Medi-Cal eligibility.
Other key findings include:
The prevalence of serious mental illness varied by income,
with much higher rates of mental illness at lower income levels
for both children and adults.
Compared to the US, California had a lower rate of suicide,
although it varied considerably within the state by gender, age,
race/ethnicity and region.
Emergency department visits resulting in an inpatient
psychiatric admission increased by 30 percent between 2010 and
2015. More robust community services might decrease emergency
In 2015, 38 percent of female prison inmates and 23 percent
of the male prison population received mental health treatment
A new health
alert from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC) provides updated information on the evolving opioid
epidemic. The alert includes specific recommendations for
improving detection of and response to fentanyl outbreaks, as
well as expanding opioid use disorder treatment and use of
naloxone. The CDC encourages health care providers to consider
using multiple dosages of naloxone per overdose event, due to
fentanyl’s potency; facilitate access to medication-assisted
treatment; and use emergency departments as points of
intervention for people who experience overdoses.
Yesterday, the House passed H.R. 5797, the Individuals in
Medicaid Deserve Care that is Appropriate and Responsible in its
Execution Act, and H.R. 6082, the Overdose Prevention and Patient
Safety Act, both
supported by CHA.
Each received bipartisan support. H.R. 5797 passed by a vote of
261-155, with 22 members of the California delegation supporting
it. H.R. 6082 passed by a vote of 357-57, with 37 members of the
California delegation voting in support.
As California’s November election campaign begins to take shape, a new coalition of more than 50 non-traditional partners co-founded by CHA has launched a statewide effort to engage candidates and raise awareness about the importance of addressing behavioral health issues in the state.