Education event

Explaining County Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Services and Funding Webinar

Registration is now closed.
Please call CHA Education at (916) 552-7637

June 13, 2019
1:30 – 3:30 p.m., Pacific Time


There are 58 counties in California. Not all of them have similar protocols or relationships with our hospitals. In fact, California hospitals have reported frustration or confusion when trying to decipher county mental health and substance use disorder services. Navigating multiple funding streams across multiple counties can be confusing.

CHA’s webinar, Explaining County Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Services and Funding, will describe the variety of funding counties use so that hospitals can collaborate to improve the delivery system for individuals with behavioral health conditions (mental illness or substance use disorders). Speakers will help hospitals recognize and identify various community partnering opportunities. They will also share how hospitals can engage with their county partners and community stakeholders to ensure funds are appropriately allocated.

Register for this seminar today. Become an active and engaged partner in decision making at the county level.

Recommended for:

COO’s and CFO’s, government relations, community relations/outreach coordinators, emergency department staff, strategic officers and planners, behavioral health directors, business developers, community benefit managers.


Attendees will learn about:

  • How hospitals can partner effectively with county behavioral health programs
  • The funding counties receive and their responsibilities for mental health and substance use disorder treatment
  • The complexity of county funding streams, who can spend it, what it can be spent on


Kirsten Barlow, MSW
Senior Consultant, Behavior Health Policy
Harbage Consulting
Ms. Barlow is a Strategic Partner to Harbage Consulting, bringing with her nearly twenty years of reputable experience and leadership in the behavioral health and social services sectors. Prior to that she served as the Executive Director of the County Behavioral Health Directors Association (CBHDA) of California, and was the Executive Officer of the Council on Mentally Ill Offenders. Kirsten has also worked at the California Department of Mental Health, Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, and for the State Legislature’s Assembly Human Services Committee.

Sheree Lowe
Vice President, Behavioral Health
California Hospital Association
Sheree Lowe has been Vice President of Behavioral Health at CHA since 2002.  In this capacity, she staffs CHA’s Center for Behavioral Health (CBH) Advisory Board. She is also responsible for hospital-based outpatient clinic (HBOC) issues and staffs CHA’s HBOC committee. Additional duties include tracking legislation for women & children’s issues and coordination of the annual California Congressional Action Program (CCAP) in Washington, DC.


Member: $185
Nonmember: $250​

Fees include presentation materials 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, and 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.​

Cancellation Policy/Late Payment: A $50 non-refundable processing fee will be retained for each cancellation. Cancellations must be made in writing seven or more days prior to the scheduled session and emailed to No refunds will be made after these dates. Substitutions are encouraged. Please note: payment is due on or before program. Payments not received by the seminar date may be subject to a 10% late fee. In the unlikely event the program is cancelled, CHA will fully refund paid participants within 30 days.

Special Accommodations or Questions: If you require special accommodations pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, or have other questions, please call (916) 552-7637.


CEs are complimentary and available for the registrant only. Full participation in the webinar is a prerequisite for receiving professional continuing education (CE) credit. Registrant must complete post-event survey, attest to participation and, when required, provide a professional license number.


Health Care Executives — CHA is authorized to award 1.5 hours of pre-approved ACHE Qualified Education credit for this program toward 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.