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 seriously ill
Lack of clarity on organizational roles and responsibilities resulting in less effective care coordination and timely reimbursement
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 services.
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.
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