CHA has been working closely with the California Health and Human Services Agency, the Department of Health Care Services, and the County Behavioral Health Directors Association (CBHDA) to find ways to assist and help decompress hospital emergency departments during the pandemic once an individual with a behavioral health condition is ready for discharge.
CBHDA has reached out to its 58 county behavioral health director members to identify a primary/secondary contact for both mental health conditions and substance use disorders who can help facilitate ED discharges. The individuals in this spreadsheet can help coordinate ED transfers or referrals for any beneficiary who is uninsured or insured by Medi-Cal, and is a beneficiary of county behavioral health services. The spreadsheet includes the names, email addresses, phone numbers, and preferred method of communication for these county contacts.
Most — but not all — counties have identified individuals. As we obtain additional county contact information, we will update the posted spreadsheet.
Questions about this new resource can be directed to Sheree Lowe or BJ Bartleson.