CHA News Article

CHA Holds 10th Annual Behavioral Health Care Symposium

Behavioral health care and emergency room professionals gathered Dec. 7-9 in Riverside for the 10th annual Behavioral Health Care Symposium – this year with the inaugural Emergency Services Forum – presented by CHA’s Center for Behavioral Health in conjunction with CHA’s EMS/Trauma Committee.

More than 365 hospital representatives, faculty and sponsors heard an inspiring message on moving behavioral health care forward from CHA President/CEO C. Duane Dauner and former Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg. In addition, the keynote presentation offered “Three Views on How Compassion Can Reshape Care Delivery.” Other presentations included topics such as county mental health services, the 1915b Specialty Mental Health Services Waiver, an update on Lanterman-Petris-Short Act modernization legislation, and building a psychiatric emergency services program.

The Emergency Services Forum on the final day of the event featured presentations on reinventing emergency care through integrated services, reforming payment for acute unscheduled care, emergency department crowding and more.

The event also featured a special photographic exhibit, The Willard Suitcases, by photographer Jon Crispin. Crispin spent years photographing the long-forgotten belongings of former patients of the Willard Psychiatric Center in New York, resulting in a poignant look into the lives of these patients.

Next year’s symposium will be held Dec. 5-7.