On-Demand Learning

Important Legal Changes to Psychiatric Holds in 2023 — Participant Information

Program originally recorded January 23, 2023. (Recordings are not eligible for CEs.)

This webinar will provide a review of new state laws affecting all hospitals that treat patients on an involuntary psychiatric hold including hospital emergency departments and inpatient psychiatric services. It will describe the intersection of hospital EMTALA requirements and the involuntary psychiatric hold process.

Health Care Executives, Case Managers, Social Workers, Risk Managers, Emergency Department Directors and Staff, Legal, Patient Safety and Quality

Participants will learn updates about:

  • Notification of county patients’ rights advocates if a person remains on an involuntary hold beyond 72 hours
  • The right to a certification review hearing if a person remains on an involuntary hold beyond 7 days
  • 30-day involuntary psychiatric holds
  • Care coordination and follow-up appointments for people released from psychiatric holds
  • State oversight and data collection on involuntary psychiatric holds in California

Linda Garrett, Esq.
Garrett Law LLP

Linda Garrett has worked with health care providers for over thirty-five years. She is experienced both as a medical malpractice defense attorney and as a risk management and loss prevention consultant. Among other things, she helps providers with credentialing, medical consent, medical confidentiality, defensive documentation, and incident response.

Alicia Macklin, Esq.
Hooper, Lundy & Bookman, PC

Alicia Macklin is a partner at Hooper Lundy & Bookman PC where she advises hospitals, health systems, and providers on a broad range of compliance, reimbursement, and operational issues, including those involving behavioral health treatment. She also focuses on EMTALA compliance. Her work with hospitals in this space involves reviewing and revising EMTALA policies, providing in-service education, managing investigations and surveys, and advising on EMTALA’s intersection with state laws, including state involuntary civil commitment laws.

Mike Phillips, Esq.
Senior Director of Patient Advocacy and Housing Services
Jewish Family Service of San Diego

Mr. Phillips provides instruction and training for the behavioral health community, including providing information on due process rights for individuals receiving behavioral health treatment throughout the County of San Diego. He is currently consulting at the state level on behavioral health reform, including participation in the statewide Behavioral Health Action Coalition, and provides both local and statewide law enforcement training on behavioral health issues.

For additional assistance and other inquiries, email CHA’s Education Department at education@calhospital.org.