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5150 Workgroup Holds First In-Person Meeting Since 2020


  • Member hospitals
  • River Vista Behavioral Health Hospital
  • County behavioral health directors
  • Ambulance providers
  • Law enforcement


Hospital Council’s Fresno/Madera/Tulare/Kings section regularly convenes a behavioral health workgroup, locally called the 5150 workgroup, which includes hospital members and county partners. Their recent September meeting marked the first in-person meeting of the 5150 workgroup since 2020 and was held at the Central Valley’s newest behavioral health hospital, River Vista. The hospital began accepting patients in August and will soon open pediatric beds.   

Kirsten Barlow, CHA vice president of policy for behavioral health, joined the meeting and associated tour of the new facility in September. Future 5150 workgroup meetings will continue on a quarterly basis.