Biweekly Briefing Articles

5 Things To Know: Transitions Of Care Sub Workgroup, Feedback Sought, Behavioral Health Scholarships, Cybersecurity, Webinar

TRANSITIONS OF CARE SUB WORKGROUP: The county of San Diego, along with the Legal Aid Society of San Diego and HASD&IC, helped establish a sub workgroup of the Healthy San Diego Dual Eligible/Long Term Services & Supports (LTSS) Workgroup — the Transitions of Care Sub Workgroup. The Sub Workgroup will focus on pressing matters caused by the gaps and challenges in keeping older/disabled adults receiving Medi-Cal connected to quality care and LTSS. The focus is on access to LTSS for older adults and the regional work around the dually eligible beneficiaries, and transitions of care, whether moving from the community or back into the community, and care coordination by the payer, including the providers and caregivers. If you or someone from your organization is interested in joining, please contact Caryn Sumek at   

FEEDBACK SOUGHT: The county of San Diego is holding listening sessions as part of its Comprehensive Evaluation of the Base Hospital System and Trauma Center Catchment Area Designations — conducted by Public Consulting Group LLC on behalf of the county. Feedback is also being collected via a five-minute survey. The listening sessions and survey are open to everyone, including hospital and EMS professionals, members of the public, and all stakeholders.   

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SCHOLARSHIPS: The Department of Health Care Access and Information has two new scholarships in the field of behavioral health. The Golden State Social Opportunities Program aims to increase the number of licensed behavioral health professionals providing direct patient care in California. This scholarship gives priority to those who have experienced foster care and/or homelessness, as well as community-based organization employees. The Behavioral Health Scholarship Program aims to increase the number of appropriately trained allied and advanced behavioral health professionals providing direct patient care in California. There are also scholarships available for individuals pursuing behavioral health careers in reproductive health settings. Applications for both programs are due Aug. 15 by 3 p.m. (PT). HCAI has created printable flyers and a shareable social media toolkit with graphics and suggested social media copy to help spread the word.      

CYBERSECURITY: On June 14, the Hospital Quality Institute will host a webinar on cybersecurity with the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) John Riggi, national adviser for cybersecurity and risk, and a former FBI cyber senior executive. He will provide his unique national and international perspective on the latest cyber threats, including those arising from geopolitical tensions and how best to prepare for, respond to, and recover from them. He will also discuss the latest cyber legislative and policy developments. Presentation topics include:   

  • The latest cyber adversaries, their tactics, techniques, and procedures   
  • Lessons learned based upon assistance provided to victim organizations of ransomware attacks and the “ransomware blast radius”   

How digital risk translates into patient care risk and best practices on how to prepare for a loss of medical technology for four weeks or longer  

WEBINAR: On June 8 at 10 a.m. (PT), the National Council for Mental Wellbeing will host Best Practices for Supporting and Affirming LGBTQI+ Youth: Updates from SAMHSA and the Field. The webinar will provide an overview of key scientific updates and implications for clinical care, public policy, and empowering families to advocate for their LGBTQI+ youth. The session will give mental health and substance use treatment providers the knowledge and resources to implement evidence-based and intersectional therapeutic approaches with LGBTQI+ youth, and to ultimately support these youth and their families in reaching their human potential.