Behavioral Health

Closing Mental Health Awareness Month in Conversation and Collaboration

Who What The Sonoma County Department of Health Care Services, in partnership with Hospital Council and Dartmouth College’s Master of Health Care Delivery Science program, has invited behavioral health leaders from across northern California to participate in facilitated discussions on May 30 in Santa Rosa, following the successful 2023 Sonoma County community collaborative on behavioral […]

Honoring Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, which the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration recognizes as a time “to increase awareness about the vital role mental health plays in our overall health and well-being and provide resources and information to support individuals and communities who may need mental health support.”  

SB 43 Implementation Collaborative Forms in Sacramento Region

Who What Forty hospital, county, and community leaders in behavioral health from the seven-county Sacramento region convened on April 30 to discuss collaborating on strategies to comply with Senate Bill (SB) 43. Although all seven counties have formally postponed implementation for as late as January 2026, it was clear that it will take much of […]

Alameda and Solano Hospitals Invited to Plan for SB 43 Implementation

Who What Senate Bill (SB) 43, which was signed into law in October 2023, expands the definition of “gravely disabled” for the involuntary detention, treatment, or conservatorship of individuals with behavioral health conditions to include those living with severe substance use disorders (SUDs).   All East Bay counties elected to delay implementation of this new law […]

Addressing Emergency Department Challenges in Northern Sierra

Who What Hospital Council efforts to sustain rural ambulance services continue. The newly formed coalition of state associations, LEMSAs, ambulance providers, county supervisors, and other entities will move next to do an analysis. While all members of the coalition are aware of the rural ambulance service crisis and its potential to worsen, data and patient […]

Northern Sierra’s New Year Starts with Reflections on Behavioral Health Care  


Behavioral health care, hospital, and county leadership from across California  


With its time for reflection and goal setting, CHA’s annual Behavioral Health Care Symposium on Dec. 12-13 was an ideal prelude to the new year. Representatives from 75 hospitals and 20 counties attended, including many from the Northern Sierra. It is clear from many presentations that the behavioral health landscape in California is entirely different than it was five years ago. There is a heightened sense of urgency among stakeholders, significant legislative action, and funding allocated by the state to address behavioral health care needs through counties and state projects. In the words of one speaker, Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg, “We have come very far and have very far to go.” 

Sonoma County Welcomes Two New Hospital and Regional CEOs


Hospitals with health care facilities located in the city of Berkeley   


The city of Berkeley’s Fair Workweek Ordinance goes into effect on Jan. 12. Passed in 2022, the ordinance requires employers in Berkeley to adhere to certain scheduling and notification requirements for shifts, provide predictability pay to all employees, and offer work to existing employees first.  

Delayed Implementation of SB 43 in the South Bay



In early October, Governor Newsom signed Senate Bill (SB) 43, which expands the definition of “gravely disabled” in the Lanterman-Petris-Short Act to include substance abuse. The legislation gave counties an option to delay implementation until January 2026.  

5150 Workgroup Holds First In-Person Meeting Since 2020

Who What 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 […]