An estimated 7.5 million people in California experience a mental health disorder in any given year, but only one-third of adults who experience mental illness are getting treatment. The caregivers at hospitals know the obstacles people with behavioral health conditions face and the challenges in getting them the treatment they need. While hospitals embrace the essential role they play in addressing this crisis, more needs to be done. Solutions like payment reform, resource allocation, more outpatient and community-based services, a bolstered behavioral health workforce, and a statewide set of standardized core services will help Californians with behavioral health conditions access the care they deserve.
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On June 9, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced $22 million in awards to 56 recipients as part of the Behavioral Health Workforce and Education Training Program for Professionals. California organizations will receive $5,561,042 in funding.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has released a new guide called Helping Your Loved One Who is Suicidal: A Guide for Family and Friends. This guide is designed to help families who have a loved one who is suicidal or has made a suicide attempt. It provides information on understanding suicide, warning signs and action steps to […]
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released new findings that show Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program beneficiaries skipped millions of primary, preventive, and mental health care visits from March 2020 to October 2020, compared with the same period in 2019.
CHA submitted comment letters on the federal fiscal year (FFY) 2022 skilled-nursing facility prospective payment system (PPS), inpatient rehabilitation facility PPS, and inpatient psychiatric facility PPS proposed rules.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Department (HHS) recently announced the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration will distribute $3 billion in American Rescue Plan funding.
As a result of the closure of 29 Lags Medical Centers, which operate high-volume pain management clinics in California, emergency departments in 16 counties may see high numbers of patients needing prescription refills.
California’s county-by-county approach to behavioral health care creates a system that leaves many people without the crisis behavioral health care they need. These disparities are a result of a fragmented payment system and services that are not coordinated statewide, leading to a confusing behavioral health care system throughout California.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is distributing $3 billion in American Rescue Plan funding. The Community Mental Health Services Block Grant (MHBG) program and Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant (SABG) program will disperse $1.5 billion each to states and territories.
New research from JAMA has found that pediatric emergency department patients with mental health conditions have been more likely to require admission and have had longer admissions since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) and Office of the California Surgeon General have launched the “State of CAre” health care provider engagement campaign to expand the reach and impact of the ACEs Aware initiative. The campaign slogan is, “Our State of CAre is ACEs Aware.”