Behavioral Health

The Hospital Association of San Diego & Imperial Counties is committed to emphasizing the importance of mental health and chemical dependency services and programs in California’s hospital and health care community.

Lack of public and private sector resources in managing patients with significant behavioral health issues and homeless persons turns hospital emergency rooms into resources of “first resort” in many communities. These problems are exacerbated by the role of Counties in providing behavioral health services for both indigent and Medi-Cal populations.

Key Areas of Focus Include:

  • Caring for 5150 patients in emergency rooms;
  • Advancing appropriate treatment placement/options for patients;
  • Advocacy directed at increasing County involvement and resources serving this population;
  • Developing and implementing local solutions and sharing those experiences as part of the development of statewide policy;
  • Including behavioral health needs and services as part of population health and Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) activities;
  • Supporting the development and use of tele-mental health solutions and/or other locally generated strategies.

HASD&IC works with its Board of Directors, the HASD&IC Behavioral Health Workgroup, and the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency to create a structure to collaboratively find solutions to improve the Behavioral Health Continuum of Care in San Diego County.

For more information contact:

Caryn Sumek, MPH
Vice President