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Discharge Planning for Homeless Patients Webinar

Originally recorded Nov. 1, 2018.





Effective January 1, 2019, California hospitals must meet numerous conditions before discharging a homeless patient.

SB 1152 requires hospitals to include, as part of the hospital discharge policy, a homeless patient discharge planning policy and process.  Among other provisions, the policy requires the hospital to prepare the homeless patient for return to the community by connecting the patient with available community resources, treatment, shelter, and other supportive services. 

This webinar helps participants recognize if they or their staff needs additional training to ensure compliance with the new law. Speakers will address how to establish and maintain connections with community resources.

Please join us to discuss all of the intricacies of SB 1152 and how to implement it in your hospital or medical setting. 

Recommended for:

Health care professionals including: chief operating officers, chief compliance officers, chief nursing officers and nursing directors, behavioral/social workers, case managers, risk managers, and safety and security directors.


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Tory Starr is the vice president for Care Management for the Valley Operating Unit of Sutter Health, where he has responsibility for functions across the continuum of care including case management, social services, palliative care and post-acute care management. Mr. Starr developed the Post-Acute Care Population Management Program for Sutter Health, a program that coordinates patient care through the skilled nursing and sub-acute levels of service and has helped improve quality, access and financial performance. Mr. Starr’s three decades in nursing practice has included community and home health, acute care and academia.

Lois Richardson has served as CHA’s legal resource for the past 26 years, primarily as legal counsel and most recently as vice president of legal publications and education. She is the author of numerous CHA publications, including the Consent Manual, California Hospital Compliance Manual, California Health Information Privacy Manual and California Hospital Survey Manual. Lois has also served as the executive director for the California Society for Healthcare Attorneys since 2000, providing legal education and networking opportunities for California’s health care attorneys. 

Peggy Broussard Wheeler serves as vice president of CHA’s Rural Healthcare Center. She is responsible for developing, advocating and executing public policies, legislation and regulations on behalf of small and rural hospitals at the state and national levels. In addition, she serves as the issue manager for language access, governance, prison and homeless issues.  Previously, Peggy served as health policy analyst for the California Legislative Rural Caucus where she conducted research and provided analyses of relevant issues that affect individuals, families and communities in rural California. 

Amanda Wilkinson, assistant manager of Case Management at Enloe Medical, is a licensed clinical social worker by training and earned her Masters of Social Work at California State University, Chico.  She is an accredited case manager, social worker through the National Board for Case Management and has presented to local city and county officials to address barriers to healthcare for the homeless and advocates for adoption of a community approach to collaborative care. Amanda works closely with a multitude of agencies responsible for the coordination of care for patients experiencing homelessness and participates on the Butte Countywide Homeless Continuum of Care and the Greater Chico Homeless Task Force.