Education event

Discharge Transitions for Patients with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Webinar

Originally recorded November 13, 2020



What are your next steps when an individual with intellectual or development disabilities can’t be discharged to their original location? Who are you partnering with to gain information?

The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) has regional centers throughout the state that provide assistance and resources when help is needed with discharge issues — not just for hospitals but for individuals and their families.

COVID-19 has placed many challenges on health care, but you don’t have to go it alone. Learn where to go when road blocks come up and where to find resources to help care for your patients during discharge.

This webinar will help you understand:

  • What impact COVID-19 has had on facilities that need to discharge patients with intellectual  or developmental disabilities.
  • What conversations are currently occurring between hospitals and DDS regional centers.
  • How to ensure the health and safety of the patient while also minimizing the spread of the coronavirus.
  • What procedures and resources the DDS regional centers have in place.
  • What technical assistance can be provided to assist you and your patients.

Who should participate

Psychiatric administrators and managers, chief nursing officers and clinical directors, hospital leaders in acute and post-acute care settings: leaders of case management and post-acute care services, including inpatient rehabilitation, long-term acute care.


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From the Department of Developmental Services:

Ernie Cruz
Assistant Deputy Director, Office of Community Operations 

Aaron Christian
Manager of the Office of Community Operations’ Southern Region Office 

Lauren Libero, PhD
Autism Program Specialist 

From California Hospital Association:

Pat Blaisdell, FACHE
Vice President, Continuum of Care
California Hospital Association

Patricia Blaisdell provides membership support and advocacy for post-acute care and case management services, including policy analysis and interpretation, communication with regulatory and legislative bodies, and planning and implementation of educational programs.
Pat has more than 25 years of experience in hospital and health care management in acute and post-acute settings.  She has particular expertise in clinical operations and reimbursement across the post-acute continuum of care.  She previously held positions with HFS Consultants in Oakland, St. Mary’s Medical Center in San Francisco, Laurel Grove Hospital in Castro Valley and BayState Health Systems in Springfield, MA.

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 Group and represents the interests of Acute Psychiatric Hospitals (APH), behavioral health units in medical/surgical hospitals, and Chemical Dependency Recovery Hospitals (CDRH) providing both in and outpatient mental health and  substance use disorder services – commonly referred to as behavioral health. Since 2010, she has also advocated on matters relating to behavioral health in our  community hospital emergency departments. She also represents the interests of hospital-based outpatient clinics (HBOC) providing primary care services. Currently, she staffs the Behavioral Health Action Coalition, a CHA/NAMI-CA co-founded coalition made up of over 50 statewide organizations focused on elevating both the hospital and community behavioral health delivery system in California.