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Kern County Behavioral Health Meeting


  • Member hospitals
  • Kern County Behavioral Health


Hospital Council convened a meeting of Kern County hospitals and Kern Behavioral Health to discuss the process of writing 5150s. The current system allows only for the Mobile Evaluation Team to write holds, which has created bottlenecks. Participants discussed changes coming to the 5150 writing process, including allowing some hospitals to begin writing holds in-house and the addition of hospital-specific teams, provided by the county, that will respond exclusively to hospital calls.   

Takeaway / Next Steps

Going forward, the group will meet quarterly as the Kern County Behavioral Health Collaborative.