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Behavioral Health Care Symposium
Be the Voice

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December 9 - 10, 2019
Mission Inn Hotel & Spa, Riverside Convention Center


Be the Voice

People who live with behavioral health issues can’t always fight for themselves. They frequently feel alone and don’t think they have anyone to turn to. Those who work in behavioral health care make a difference. They are the voices for those who don’t know that help is within reach. 

Positive changes are happening in behavioral health care, and you can be part of those changes. It is time to use your experiences, your knowledge, and your voices to make a difference!

Join us for two days of intense discussions and learn innovative ways others are making progress in the field.

December 9 – 10, 14th Annual Behavioral Health Care Symposium
Two days focused on behavioral health care policy and pressing issues.


Monday, December 9 – Day 1

8:30 – 9:00 a.m. | Registration/Check-in

9:00 – 9:15 a.m. | Opening Remarks

9:15 – 10:45 a.m. | Keynote
One More Thing and I’ll Explode ‒ Managing Change
Jean Steel, Owner, Happy People Win
Change is as unavoidable as death and taxes, so we might as well embrace it. During this session, participants are led through the common responses to change, what it can mean, and the various effects it can have in our homes, at work, and in our relationships. Jean Steel is well prepared for this topic, having led a life with more adjustments in it than most. She asks us to take care of ourselves, to reframe our thinking, to make strong commitments, and to see the opportunities in our lives. Find out how the one-minute vacation and the “tombstone technique” can challenge the way you think about change.

10:45 – 11:00 a.m. | Break

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | General Session
Using the Past to Improve the Future

Steve Fields, Executive Director, Progress Foundation
There are many issues surrounding the current state of behavioral health care delivery. But how did we get here and how do we move forward? Mr. Fields will discuss the history of behavioral health from the period of de-institutionalization to today’s struggles. He will also share how his own organization, Progress Foundation, developed supportive, community-based programs that assist patients and families while also avoiding institutions or correctional facilities. This session provides us with history and hope.

12:00 – 1:15 p.m. | Hosted Luncheon
Center for Behavioral Health Care Announcements & Updates
Šimanek Distinguished Service Award
Vista Del Mar: Where Are They Today?

Jenifer Nyhuis, CEO, Signature Healthcare, Vista del Mar Hospital; Tim Rommel, Healthcare Architect, Cannon Design

1:15 – 1:45 p.m. | General Session
Our Health California
Tracy Campbell, Assistant Group Vice President, Communications, California Hospital Association; Tovey Giezentanner, Senior Counselor, Randle Communications

1:45 – 2:45 p.m.  | General Session
Navigating Systems of Coverage

Frank Garcia, AMFT, Utilization Review Case Manager, St. Joseph’s Behavioral Health Center
Maneuvering through Medicare and commercial insurance reimbursement processes can be challenging for a seasoned individual. But imagine how a patient might feel. They need help, they don’t need the additional worry of insurance coverage ― they need you.  Listen as Mr. Garcia discusses the lessons he has learned on his journey of understanding reimbursement strategies. Through case examples, he will discuss the importance of comprehending the contractual obligations with the payer, what questions to ask when working through an appeal, the vital role the treatment team plays in supporting documentation, and recognizing that “no” is not always the final answer.

2:45 – 3:15 p.m. | Break

3:15 – 4:15 p.m. | General Session
Breaking the Cycle of Addiction

Aimee Moulin, Emergency Physician, Assistant Residency Director, UC Davis, and President, Cal ACEP, Co-Director, Emergency Department Services, Bridge Program; Arianna Sampson, APP Lead, USACS, Northern California Regional Coordinator ED-Bridge, and Co-Director, California Bridge Patient Navigator Program
While 28% of adult ED patients screen positive for Substance Use Disorder many hospitals still do not treat the underlying issues of addiction. As we discover better ways of treating patients who use drugs, studies show that patients given medication-assisted treatment (MAT) are more likely to remain in care for Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) than those who are given referral information alone. Through case studies, this panel will describe how the California Bridge Program operates and the strides being made to effectively implement the program in other communities. 

4:15 – 5:15 p.m. | General Session
EMTALA in the Psychiatric Environment

Alicia Macklin, Regulatory Attorney, Hooper, Lundy & Bookman, PC
Even though EMTALA was passed over 30 years ago, there is still confusion and misconceptions concerning EMTALA and its intersection with emergency psychiatric services.  Ms. Macklin will clarify EMTALA obligations, including the requirements applicable to psychiatric hospitals, explore recurring problems in the psychiatric environment, and use case examples to demonstrate tricky EMTALA situations and guidance.

5:30 – 6:30 p.m. | Reception – Mission Inn
This reception has always been an anticipated event. You can talk to your peers (and friends) about what you learned during the morning session, make plans for dinner, or just relax while enjoying some appetizers and beverages.

Tuesday, December 10 – Day 2

7:00 – 8:00 a.m. | Continental Breakfast

8:00 – 8:15 a.m.| Opening Remarks

8:15 – 9:30 a.m.| Keynote
Breaking the Stigma

Tony Hoffman, Founder and Director, Freewheel Project
Tony was a top-ranked BMX amateur with multiple endorsements. By his senior year of high school, he was drinking alcohol, smoking marijuana, and using prescription painkillers such as Vicodin and Oxycontin. In 2007, he committed a home invasion armed robbery while on probation and was sent to prison for two years. Listen as Tony recounts his early teenage struggles with mental health which he holds as a key player in his active years of substance use. He knows the stigma facing addicts — seeking  a life free of substances in the face of a society that lacks compassion and understanding. Tony has beaten the odds one day at a time. His presentation will focus on hope and recovery, mental health stigmas and the importance of shifting our thinking about addiction.

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.| General Session
Breaking Down Transfer Barriers
 Panel Discussion
Marlene Nadler-Moodie, MSN, APRN, PMHCNS-BC; Elissa Berthiaume, Manager, Patient Care, Scripps Health; Paul Rains, President, St. Joseph’s Behavioral Health Center; Cheryl Heaney-Ordez, DNP, RN, PHN, Emergency Department Director, St. Joseph’s Medical Center; Rose Colangelo, RN, Emergency Services Manager, Scripps Health (Moderator)
How simple is the process of moving a patient, suffering from behavioral health issues, from the ED to inpatient psychiatric care? It’s not simple at all. There are procedures that must be followed and obstacles along the way. The challenge of patient administration and transferring protocols can be frustrating. Listen as this panel discusses ways they have improved the process and in turn expedited necessary treatment for the patient.

10:30 – 11:00 a.m. | Break

11:00 – 12:00 p.m. | General Session
The Future of Medi-Cal

Ryan Witz, Vice President, Health Care Finance Initiatives, California Hospital Association
Over the past 10-years, the Medi-Cal program has significantly changed as California recovered from the Great Recession, implemented the Affordable Care Act, expanded Medi-Cal managed care statewide and has implemented other various federal and state policy changes. With each change in policy—expanding benefits, coverage, or implementing new innovative demonstration policies—has meant the program has also grown more complex. This presentation will briefly touch on the current structure of the Medi-Cal program and then will dive into what the future may hold through the California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal Program (CalAIM) proposal.

12:00 – 1:15 p.m. | Hosted Luncheon
Advancing Behavioral Health Care at the Federal Level

Michael Barnard, Director, Federal Affairs, Johnson & Johnson

1:15 – 2:30 p.m. | General Session
Treatment Intersection of Autism and Mental Health

Nisha Warikoo, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor, Psychiatry & Human Behavior, University of California, Irvine
Similarities between autism spectrum disorder and behavioral health conditions can complicate diagnosis and treatment planning when an autistic patient presents with behavioral issues. Listen as Dr. Nisha Warikoo discusses the most common symptoms a child or adolescent presents to the ED prior to moving to an in-patient facility. She will also examine different diagnostic measurements and how to quickly differentiate certain characteristics during the evaluation. Finally, she will discuss specific considerations for this patient demographic to enhance both patient and staff safety.

2:30 – 3:00 p.m. | Break & Raffle Prize Drawing

3:00 – 4:00 p.m. | Closing Session
What Keeps You Up at Night? A CEO Panel Discussion

Paul Rains, President, St. Joseph’s Behavioral Health Center; Susan Taylor, Chief Executive Officer, College Hospital Costa Mesa; Susan Rose, Chief Executive Officer, Aurora Behavioral Health; Peggy Wheeler, Vice President, Rural Health & Governance, California Hospital Association (Moderator)
Many CEOs lay awake at night thinking about patient needs, community partnering, workforce planning, payor relations, new regulations, facility financial stability — no way does counting sheep help with this much on the mind. In a casual setting, listen as a panel of CEOs discuss what weighs on their minds, how they are coping with change, and what they see for the future of behavioral health care.


Michael Barnard
Director, Federal Affairs
Johnson & Johnson

Michael Barnard is a Director of Federal Affairs at Johnson and Johnson, supporting the Janssen Pharmaceutical business.  In this role, Michael works to advocate on key public policy issues before the United States Congress, White House and Department of Health and Human Services that specifically impact and affect our business and the patients we serve.

Prior to joining Johnson and Johnson, he spent 10 years as a senior health policy staffer in both the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives.  Most recently, he was the Senior Policy Advisor to United States Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) managing the health and human services issue portfolio, with the primary focus on the Medicare, Medicaid and Affordable Care Act provisions under the jurisdiction of the Senate Committee on Finance, of which Senator Menendez is a senior member.  In addition, Michael worked closely on legislation affecting the Food and Drug Administration, National Institutes of Health, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as issues of international trade and international market access.   Michael also spent two years on the health policy staff of U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), including during the drafting, debate and final passage of the Affordable Care Act. 

Elissa Berthiaume
Manager, Patient Care
Scripps Health

Elissa Berthiaume, RN, BSN, MSN, works as the nurse manager for the emergency department at Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego, California.  Mrs. Berthiaume earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of Montreal in Canada and her Master of Science in nursing from Point Loma Nazarene University in 2013.  She has 13 years of experience in trauma and emergency medicine and is a member of the California Emergency Nurses Association.

Tracy Campbell, APR
Assistant Group Vice President, Communications
California Hospital Association

Tracy Campbell serves as CHA’s assistant group vice president, communications, and is responsible for developing strategies and content for digital and social media to achieve the association’s legislative and policy objectives.
Ms. Campbell’s work includes Our Health California, one of CHA’s growing digital communities and a positive advocacy voice for hospitals and health care. The community consists of nearly 1 million supporters and voters who regularly engage in advocacy campaigns to protect access to high quality health care services. The program has received six national awards for its social media campaigns.

Rose Colangelo, RN
Emergency Services Manager
Scripps Health

Rose Colangelo is the patient care manager for the emergency department at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. Ms. Colangelo completed her Masters in Nursing Program at Point Loma Nazarene in 2015. Ms. Colangelo oversees the Scripps La Jolla Emergency Department Value by Design team in implementing strategies and practices for daily improvement in the emergency department.  She was part of the planning team in the designing and opening of the Barbey family emergency, trauma center in 2016 and 8 bed Clinical Decision Area which opened in January 2017.  Ms. Colangelo is a member of the ACNL Safety Engagement Committee and is co-chair of the California Hospital Association EMS and Trauma Committee. Rose is currently in the ACNL Executive Leadership Academy and will graduate in February 2020.

Steve Fields, MPA
Executive Director
Progress Foundation

Executive Director of Progress Foundation since 1969, Steve Fields has championed the development of social rehabilitation programs throughout California and the nation, pioneered acute residential alternatives to hospitalization, opened the first social model residential treatment programs for geriatric clients and the first social model residential treatment program for women and children. Mr. Fields received his BA from Harvard and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of San Francisco. A leader in local, state and national efforts to develop and promote change in the mental health system, he was instrumental in forming the San Francisco Human Services Network (HSN), an association of over 100 nonprofit agencies.

Frank Garcia, AMFT
Utilization Review Case Manager
St. Joseph’s Behavioral Health Center

Frank is a Case Manager with St. Joseph’s Behavioral Health Center.  His primary assignment is Case Management, Discharge Planning, Utilization Review, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Group Facilitation. He has served patients and family for a combined fifteen years of experience.  Frank provides advocacy for patient’s in understanding their health insurance benefits by “getting the facts” for what’s covered and providing resources to aid the patient and family in the best treatment to overcome their circumstance.  Frank believes in educating, empowering, and equipping families to facilitate change and begin their journey toward health and wholeness.​

Tovey Giezentanner
Senior Counselor
Randle Communications

Tovey Giezentanner serves as a senior counselor with Randle Communications, where he provides strategic advice and advocacy services to help clients achieve their public and private sector goals. Giezentanner brings more than two decades of strategic communications experience including working in the California Governor’s Office, United States Congress and as the president and CEO of the Conaway Preservation Group, LLC.

Cheryl Heaney-Ordez, DNP, RN, PHN
Director of Emergency Services

Dignity Health, St. Joseph’s Medical Center
Dr. Heaney-Ordez, is the Director of Emergency Services at Dignity Health. St. Joseph’s Medical Center, in Stockton California.  She is responsible for the overall operations of the 52 bed Emergency Department. Dr. Heaney-Ordez, has 25 years of nursing experience, 21 years spent in the ED in various clinical and management positions.

Tony Hoffman
Founder and Director
Freewheel Project

After paroling prison on December 13, 2008, Tony Hoffman started living out his dream, with his addiction behind him. Mr. Hoffman is a Former BMX Elite Pro and placed 2nd at the 2016 World Championships in Medellin Colombia in the Masters Pro class. He is a 2016 Rio Olympic Games Coach, with Women’s BMX PRO, Brooke Crain, in his lineup. He has presented on the highly coveted TEDx stage and is the Founder and Director of The Freewheel Project, a non-profit organization that mentors thousands of youth through action sports: BMX, skateboarding and after-school programs. The Freewheel Project focuses on teaching kids’ leadership skills, and making healthy life choices, including substance abuse prevention

Alicia Macklin
Regulatory Attorney
Hooper, Lundy & Bookman, PC

Alicia Macklin is an associate in the firm’s regulatory and business departments, where she assists health care providers, including hospitals, physicians, and health services companies with a broad range of compliance, licensing and certification, and reimbursement issues.
Ms. Macklin received a B.A. in psychology, Phi Beta Kappa, from Cornell University in 2006, and her J.D. from the University of Southern California Law School, where she was Executive Senior Editor of the Southern California Law Review.  In 2016 she graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles Fielding School of Public Health with a Master of Public Health.

Aimee Moulin
Emergency Physician, Assistant Residency Director, UC Davis
President, Cal ACEP
Co-Director, Emergency Department Services, Bridge Program

Dr. Aimee Moulin is an associate professor at UC Davis. She has a dual appointment in the Department of Emergency Medicine and Psychiatry. Dr. Moulin is the Behavioral Health Director for the Emergency Department at UC Davis. She completed a fellowship in Quality Safety and Comparative Effectiveness research through the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality with a focus on acute care for patients with behavioral health disorders. She is a Principle Investigator with the California Bridge Project that provides a link for patients with opiate use disorder to recovery. Dr. Moulin is the Immediate Past President of the California Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians.

Marlene Nadler-Moodie, MSN, APRN, PMHCNS-BC
Clinical Nurse Specialist
Scripps Behavioral Health Team

Marlene Nadler-Moodie is an expert in psychiatric nursing care with nearly 40 years of experience. As a clinical nurse specialist for the Scripps Behavioral Health Team, she acts as a consultant, educator and clinician and has a drive to bring more psychiatric nurses into acute care and medical-surgical settings.
In 2009, Ms. Nadler-Moodie was awarded the Psychiatric Nurse of the Year by American Psychiatric Nurses Association and in 2015 was honored as the Behavioral Health Person of the Year for San Diego County.

Jenifer Nyhuis
Signature Healthcare, Vista del Mar Hospital

Jenifer Nyhuis joined Signature Healthcare Services in January 2015 and worked in various departments in three of Signature Healthcare’s facilities in Chicago, Pasadena and Ventura. 6 months into her CEO position at Vista Del Mar, the Thomas Fire burned two of the hospital’s patient care buildings. Ms. Nyhuis and her team executed a full evacuation of 70 patients and over 25 employees in under 15 minutes. In subsequent months, she has worked diligently with the Governor’s office, state legislators, the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, California Department of Public Health, contractors, engineers, and architects to recover the lost utilities and damages from the fire.

Paul Rains
St. Joseph’s Behavioral Health Center

Paul Rains is the president at St Joseph’s Behavioral Health Center in Stockton California and the Behavioral Health Lead for the Dignity Health System. Prior to joining Dignity Health in August of 2006, Mr. Rains served as Hospital Administrator of Stanislaus County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services. Before moving to California in 2005, he served as the Director of Nursing at Cherokee Park Youth Center in Mountain City TN and Keys of the Carolinas in Charlotte NC. Mr. Rains also serves on the California Hospital Association Centers for Behavioral Health Advisory Board, Hospital Council of Northern and Central California Board of Directors, and AHA Region 9 as the incoming delegate for Behavioral Health.

Tim Rommel, AIA, MRAIC
Healthcare Architect
Cannon Design

A healthcare architect for over 25 years, Tim Rommel is a recognized expert in the planning and design of behavioral healthcare facilities, with several dozen highly regarded projects to his credit. The behavioral healthcare leader for CannonDesign’s Health practice, Mr. Rommel’s professional focus is providing clients with planning solutions to meet current and emerging trends in behavioral healthcare delivery.  He regularly provides his insights into the unique issues and concerns of this building type with outlets such as Modern Healthcare and Behavioral Healthcare and at presentation for international conferences and major universities.

Susan Rose, MBA
Chief Executive Officer
Aurora Behavioral Health

Susan Rose is the Chief Executive Officer of Aurora Santa Rosa Hospital. Susan joined Aurora Santa Rosa in 2015 as the Chief Financial Officer and was promoted to Chief Executive Officer in 2016. Under her leadership, the Aurora Santa Rosa team garnered Signature Healthcare’s Clinical Excellence Award – given to only one out of their 14 hospitals – for Q4/16 and Q1/17.

Arianna Sampson
Northern California Regional Coordinator ED-Bridge
Co-Director, California Bridge Patient Navigator Program



Jean Steel
Happy People Win

Jean Steel is an engaging and enthusiastic keynote speaker and trainer, whose universal appeal makes her message timely and timeless. She has a knack for providing information in a humorous and fun way. Her belief is that laughter and learning are not mutually exclusive.

Born the eldest of five children, Ms. Steel spent her formative years in Africa and Asia. That decade on unfamiliar, foreign soil helped her to cultivate the confidence, strength, and resilience many of us work a lifetime to achieve. A born communicator, Ms. Steel’s many interests developed into her career path. She earned her Master’s Degree in Wellness Mind/Body Health and has been speaking and teaching across the nation for more than 20 years. The founder of Happy People Win, a wellness training and speaking firm, shehas also authored two books—I’d Like to Run Wild!: A Wellness Action Guide and Need Change? Customer Service Tips to Grow from Good to Great.

Susan Taylor
Chief Executive Officer
College Hospital Costa Mesa, Costa Mesa

Susan Taylor is CEO for College Hospital in Costa Mesa. She is skilled in the areas of health care finance, legal and regulatory compliance, strategic planning and has a detailed knowledge of acute care, behavioral health and substance abuse services. Prior to working at College Hospital, Taylor was general counsel for College Health Enterprises.

Nisha Warikoo, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor, Psychiatry & Human Behavior
University of California, Irvine

Dr. Nisha Warikoo is currently assistant clinical professor in the department of psychiatry and behavioral health at UCI. In her role, she developed the first pediatric specialty clinic, Mood disorders clinic. At the Center for Autism and neurodevelopmental disorders, Dr. Warikoo provides ongoing consultation and training to primary care, behavioral pediatricians, neurologists and other professionals in the areas of autism and psychiatric co-morbities.
Her areas of expertise include Autism spectrum disorders and mood disorders. She has published several papers in the areas of schizophrenia, treatment adherence, depot antipsychotics, ADHD as well as tardive dyskinesia.

Ryan Witz
Vice President, Health Care Finance Initiatives
California Hospital Assocation

Ryan Witz represents members’ financial interests related to Medicare, Medi-Cal, commercial payers and other government entities. He provides support on financial and reimbursement issues affecting California hospitals and health systems, and represents CHA with stakeholders where hospital finance and technical knowledge is needed. Ryan is also involved with the development and implementation of the hospital fee and other financing programs.

Peggy Broussard Wheeler
Vice President, Rural Health & Governance
California Hospital Association

Peggy Broussard Wheeler serves as vice president of CHA’s Rural Healthcare Center. She is responsible for developing, advocating and executing public policies, legislation and regulations on behalf of small and rural hospitals at the state and national levels. In addition, she serves as the issue manager for language access, governance, prison and homeless issues. 


Mission Inn Hotel & Spa
3649 Mission Inn Avenue
Riverside, CA 92501

The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa no longer has rooms available.

Rooms are still available at the Marriott Riverside at the Convention Center for $149, single or double occupancy. For reservations, call (951) 786-7189 and mention the California Hospital Association to receive the discounted rate. Discount deadline is November 22.


All educational sessions will be held at the remodeled Riverside Convention Center, just a short walk away from the Mission Inn.

Riverside Convention Center
3637 5th Street
Riverside, CA 92501


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Behavioral Health Care Symposium is December 9 - 10.
Monday and Tuesday’s agenda is devoted to behavioral health care policy, current issues and updates.

Behavioral Health Care Symposium (Mon. & Tues.): Members $545, Nonmembers $690

Registrations received after November 15, add $100.

Tuition includes reception, luncheon and CEs.

*Members are CHA member hospitals, CHA associate members, and government agencies. **Nonmembers are limited to non-hospital health care providers, clinics, post-acute facilities, consultants, insurance companies, law firms and other entities that serve hospitals. Education programs and publications are a membership benefit and are not available to eligible nonmember California hospitals.

Special Accommodations

If you require special accommodations pursuant to the American’s with Disabilities Act please call (916) 552-7637.

Presentations will be available online only

You will receive an email before the event with instructions on how to download the presentations to your laptop/tablet for viewing on-site, or to print and bring with you. Be sure to download the materials in advance; WiFi access on-site may be limited.


A confirmation will be sent to all registrants. On-site registrations and any unpaid registrations may be subject to an additional 10% fee.

Cancellation Policy/Late Payment

A $75 non-refundable processing fee will be retained for each cancellation. Cancellations must be made in writing 7 or more days prior to the scheduled event and emailed to No refunds will be made after these dates. Substitutions are encouraged. In the unlikely event that the program is cancelled, refunds will be issued to paid registrants within 30 days.

Quality Assurance/Grievance

The CHA education quality assurance/grievance policy is available upon request by emailing If you have any concerns or dissatisfaction with the quality of a CHA education program, please contact Robyn Thomason, Director, Education at (916) 552-7514, or email


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Call the Education Department at (916) 552-7637.

Continuing Education

Amount of CEUs offered are subject to change.  

Full attendance at each day’s educational sessions is a prerequisite for receiving continuing education. Attendees must sign in each day and include their professional license number, if required. CE certificates will be emailed after the event.

Behavioral/Social Work — Behavioral Health Care Symposium course meets the qualifications for up to 12 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs and LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. CHA is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs and LCSWs. Provider approval number 128427. CHA maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

At the conclusion of each day, participants will be able to:

Behavioral Health Care Symposium, Day 1:

  • Describe challenges when facing change and how to utilize coping skills to address behavioral outcomes.
  • Share how the history of behavioral health care treatment delivery has changed since de-institutionalization.
  • Describe how Our Health California helps build healthier communities while advocating for affordable, high quality health care for all Californians.
  • Summarize reimbursement strategies when working with Medicare and commercial insurance related to treating patients with behavioral health issues.
  • Explain the benefits of utilizing medication-assisted treatment for patients suffering Opioid Use Disorder.
  • Describe EMTALA obligations in the emergency psychiatric environment

Behavioral Health Care Symposium, Day 2:

  • Describe the different social stigmas facing addicts seeking recovery treatment.
  • Discuss the process of transferring patients with behavioral health issues from ED to an in-patient psychiatric hospital and/or unit.
  • Describe how the California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal Program (CalAIM) proposal can impact change to the future of Medi-Cal.
  • Describe the intersection of autism and mental health and today’s treatment philosophies
  • Explain various concerns that keep hospital CEOs awake at night.

Compliance — The Compliance Certification Board (CCB)® has approved this event for up to 14.1  live CCB CEUs. Continuing Education Units are awarded based on individual attendance records. Granting of prior approval in no way constitutes endorsement by CCB of this event content or of the event sponsor.

Health Care Executives — CHA is authorized to award up to 12 hours of pre-approved ACHE Qualified Education Credit (non-ACHE) for this program toward the advancement or recertification in the American College of Healthcare Executives. Participants in this program who wish to have the continuing education hours applied toward ACHE Qualified Education credit must self-report their participation. To self-report, participants must log into their MyACHE account and select ACHE Qualified Education Credit.

Nursing — Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, CEP 11924, for up to 14.4 contact hours.


For sponsorship opportunities at the Behavioral Health Care Symposium, call the CHA Education Department at (916) 552-7502 or email Lisa Hartzell.

Click here to download a sponsor registration form.

On behalf of the California Hospital Association, we would like to thank our corporate sponsors for their promotional support of the 14th Annual Behavioral Health Care Symposium.

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