About Behavioral Health
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 due to a lack of behavioral health care workers. Despite major improvements in health care coverage over the past decade, substantial discrepancies persist in available behavioral health care among commercial health plans and public programs. For this reason, many people experiencing mental health crises frequently turn to hospital emergency departments for treatment, and this number is increasing. From 2011 to 2020, there was a 68% increase. Caregivers at hospitals know the obstacles people with behavioral health conditions face and the challenges in getting them treatment and embrace the essential role they play in helping those in crisis. Strategies must mirror those in primary health care where the goal is prevention and early intervention, along with offering a continuum of services that will help Californians with behavioral health needs avoid acute care, hospitalization, incarceration, conservatorships, and institutionalization.
United Nations (UN) Secretary-General António Guterres announced the UN’s policy brief on COVID-19 and mental health last week and urged the international community to do much more to protect those who face rising mental pressures. He said that mental health services are an essential part of all government responses to COVID-19 that must be expanded and fully funded.
CHA has issued a detailed summary, prepared by Health Policy Alternatives, of the federal fiscal year (FFY) 2021 inpatient psychiatric facility (IPF) prospective payment system (PPS) proposed rule.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released its proposed rule for the federal fiscal year (FFY) 2021 inpatient psychiatric facility (IPF) prospective payment system (PPS). The provisions in the proposed rule, if finalized, would be effective Oct. 1, 2021.
CHA President & CEO Carmela Coyle has been appointed to a new statewide Behavioral Health Task Force, which was announced last week by the California Health and Human Services Agency. The task force will advise Gov. Newsom’s administration on its efforts to advance statewide behavioral health services, prevention, and early intervention.
The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) is now accepting applications for its Behavioral Health Pilot Project (BHPP). General acute care hospitals are eligible to receive $50,000 for one year to integrate trained behavioral health counselors into emergency departments.
The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) recently updated its forms for involuntary treatment under the Lanterman-Petris-Short (LPS) Act.
The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) is hosting a live webinar from noon to 1 p.m. (PT) on Feb. 26 with California’s Surgeon General Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, MD, MPH. The webinar marks the first in a series and will provide an overview of the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Aware initiative.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced a streamlined survey and certification process — to begin in March — for psychiatric hospitals, with the goal of ensuring efficient hospital inspections that protect patients while reducing burden for providers.
The California Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission has released a statewide Strategic Plan for Suicide Prevention for 2020-25. The plan combines a public health approach with behavioral health interventions, framed by four key strategies: establish a suicide prevention infrastructure, minimize risk for suicidal behavior, enhance early identification of suicide risk and increase access to services based on risk, and improve suicide-related services and supports.
California birthing hospitals are invited to participate in the Hospital Quality Institute’s (HQI) Perinatal Mental Health (PMH) Learning Community, aimed at helping hospitals strengthen approaches to mental health in the perinatal period. Download a program description and application, and register for an informational webinar on Jan. 15, 2020.