Applications are now available to all California hospitals with emergency services (comprehensive, basic, or standby) to participate in the California Bridge Navigator Program for emergency department (ED) patients with substance use disorders or co-occurring mental health conditions.
Since 2018, the Public Health Institute has administered grants to over 200 California hospitals that have placed behavioral health counselors (navigators) in the ED. Participating hospitals will receive $120,000 to help pay for the behavioral health navigators’ salaries and benefits as well as other costs, including outreach materials and patient transportation vouchers.
On May 13, the Public Health Institute will host an informational webinar for potential applicants to learn more about the California Bridge Navigator Program and the application for funding. Aimee Moulin, MD, California Bridge Navigator Program co-director, will provide an overview of the program, and staff will present information on the application process. There will be time for Q&A at the end of the session.
Any department responsible for completing the application is strongly encouraged to attend.