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 May 14, Gov. Newsom presented the Legislature with revisions to the budget he proposed in January, the process referred to as the May Revise. Throughout the week leading up to the release of the revision, the governor had been presenting various proposals as part of his “California Roars Back” plan, touted as a recovery package tackling the […]
Applications are now being accepted for the California Health Facilities Financing Authority (CHFFA) third funding round for the Investment in Mental Health Wellness Grant Program for Children and Youth.
Due to events this past year, many adults and children have experienced some level of collective trauma as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. For those who need behavioral health care, CalHOPE, a multi-media campaign launched in June 2020, connects people impacted by COVID-19 to free outreach, crisis counseling, and support services.
On May 21 from 11 a.m. to noon (PT), CHA will host a complimentary, members-only webinar to detail the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed rule updating the inpatient psychiatric facility (IPF) prospective payment system for fiscal year 2022.
On April 28, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released new practice guidelines for administering buprenorphine.
Emergency department (ED) staff are seeing an increase in youth experiencing a behavioral health crisis, including suicide, and in the moment it can be difficult to know what resources are available and where to direct families. To provide hospital staff with resources that can support patients and family members, and ease the already stressful ED environment, CHA will host a webinar on April 28 from 11 a.m. to noon (PT).
CHA has issued a detailed, members-only summary, prepared by Health Policy Alternatives, Inc., of the federal fiscal year 2022 inpatient psychiatric facility (IPF) prospective payment system proposed rule recently released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Comments are due to CMS by 2 p.m. (PT) on June 7.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued its proposed rule updating the inpatient psychiatric facility (IPF) prospective payment system (PPS) for fiscal year (FY) 2022. Comments on the proposed rule are due by 2 p.m. (PT) on June 7.
The American Hospital Association (AHA) has launched a People Matter, Words Matter downloadable poster series to help combat behavioral health stigma in health care settings. The poster series is designed to encourage providers to adopt respectful, patient-centered language. The first poster encourages the use of people-first language, which primarily acknowledges the person rather than the illness or disability. The […]
An analysis of insurance claims from the same periods in 2019 and 2020 found that mental health and substance use disorder inpatient admissions dropped through April 2020 — similar to decreases seen in physical health care services. However, subsequent behavioral health inpatient admissions increased through August 2020 at a much higher rate than medical services, with admission rates exceeding 2019 levels in […]