CHA News Article

Behavioral Symposium to Focus on ED Care Crisis
First day to feature ED success stories, best practices

The first day of the annual Behavioral Health Care Symposium will focus on the swelling numbers of behavioral health patients in emergency departments (EDs). Sessions will share success stories from EDs and offer best practices to take back to facilities. A special panel presentation will feature innovative collaborations that improve access to much-needed services. A special one-day symposium rate is offered to encourage hospital ED leadership to attend on this day. Day two will feature general and breakout sessions on a range of operational, financial and policy topics, including how reform may play out and impact providers, tips to maximize managed care revenue and ways to demonstrate the value of behavioral health services. Working models of integrated care and sensory interventions that improve care and patient transitions will also be covered. The program will be held Dec. 3 – 4 at the Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort in Huntington Beach. Deadline for discounts on tuition and hotel rooms is Nov. 12. Member tuition for the full program is $425; tuition for Dec. 3 only is $195. Hotel rooms are available for $175, single or double occupancy. To view the full program agenda or to register, go to