Behavioral Health

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. 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.

CHA Webinar Will Help ED Staff Manage Youth in Behavioral Health Crisis

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). 

AHA Poster Series Designed to Combat Behavioral Health Stigma

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 […]

New Study Analyzes Behavioral Health Care Utilization During COVID-19 Pandemic

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 […]