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

Originally recorded June 13, 2019.




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.

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.


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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.