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2018 Hospital Volunteer Leadership Conference to Feature Session on Behavioral Health Crisis
Jan. 26 marks deadline for discounted hotel room rate

The 2018 California Hospital Volunteer Leadership Conference, Feb. 19-21 in Newport Beach, brings together experts in volunteerism, health care issues and the community for learning and networking opportunities.

Richard Afable, MD, MPH, 2018 chair, CHA and CAHHS boards of trustees, and trustee, Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center, will present the conference’s opening session on Feb. 19, titled “Behavioral and Mental Health Crisis: An Epidemic and An Opportunity.” Dr. Afable will explore the crisis within California’s behavioral health system, which is fragmented, unresponsive to consumer needs, does not always emphasize recovery and serves only a fraction of those in need. Attendees will learn more about ways to solve this crisis using several types of emergency and crisis services under development within California, and the potential roles that volunteers play in the solutions.

Conference attendees also have an opportunity to take the Certified Administrator of Volunteer Services exam on Feb. 19 from noon–2:30 p.m. This volunteer management credential is offered through the Association for Healthcare Volunteer Resource Professionals, a professional membership group of the American Hospital Association. A pre-approved application, due Feb. 1, is required to take the test.

A discounted sleeping room rate at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach is available until Jan. 26. To view the full program and to register, visit