CHA News Article

CHA Holds 9th Annual Behavioral Health Care Symposium

Behavioral health care and emergency room professionals gathered Dec. 8-9 in Redondo Beach for the ninth annual Behavioral Health Care Symposium, presented by CHA’s Center for Behavioral Health in conjunction with CHA’s EMS/Trauma Committee.

More than 265 hospital representatives, faculty and sponsors heard a keynote presentation by author and former Washington Post journalist Pete Early, on providing access to care for all. Also featured was Karen Baylor, deputy director of mental health and substance abuse services for the Department of Health Care Services.

Other presentations were given on health care reform, emergency department (ED) crowding, suicide, the behavioral health care workforce, population health management and the emerging world of hospital-based behavioral health care.

Breakout presentations focused on de-escalation of volatile situations, the ambulance offload delay toolkit, drug-seeking patients in EDs, and the Mentors on Discharge program. A featured highlight was a presentation of the two winners from the National Alliance on Mental Illness’ Directing Change student video series.

Next year’s symposium will be held Dec. 7-8.