Behavioral health is a public policy priority with a significant
impact on other policy priorities: access, financial challenges,
emergency services, governmental mandates, and workforce.
Barriers to timely access and coordinated services include:
System capacity to deliver behavioral health care including
community-based levels of care
Sufficiency of the behavioral health care workforce
Integration of behavioral health with primary care
Coordination of care for the mild/moderately ill and
Lack of clarity on organizational roles and responsibilities
resulting in less effective care coordination and timely
Building on the 2017 Behavioral Health Task Force
recommendations, convene appropriate stakeholders to implement
practices, programs, and policies that support the right
patient-focused care at the right place, the right time and with
the right providers.
In response to member concerns about challenges to effective
behavioral health care services, a Task Force of our members was
convened to produce a report in 2017. Its purpose was to enable
Hospital Council, its Regional Vice Presidents and members to be
more effective conveners and partners and to identify potential
collaborative actions to enhance access to care, care
coordination and funding for integrated behavioral health
Brian is Regional Vice President of the Hospital Council for the
Sacramento-Sierra, Stanislaus-Merced, and San Joaquin-Mother Lode
sections. In this capacity, he convenes several health care
stakeholder groups to improve issues such as emergency medical
services, workforce development, and mental health. He also
serves as a member of the San Joaquin County Health
Commission. The Commission oversees the Health Plan of San
Joaquin, a $1 billion Medi-Cal health plan.
He brings extensive experience working with elected and civic
leaders to his role at the Hospital Council. He was
previously Government Relations Consultant for Pacific Gas and
Electric’s Sacramento and Sierra divisions. Prior to that,
he was District Director in the District Office of House
Republican Conference Secretary John T. Doolittle (R-Roseville).
Brian holds a BA in Political Science from Brigham Young
University and an MA in Government with an emphasis on American
and California politics from California State University,
Sacramento. He also earned a certificate in Hospital and
Health System Leadership from the UCLA Anderson School of
Management. He served as the 2013 Chairman of the Rocklin
Area Chamber of Commerce, the 2012 President of the El Dorado
County Chamber of Commerce, and was named the 2009 Rocklin
Business Person of the Year.
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