Seventh Annual Seminar: Behavioral Health Best Practices For Your Emergency Department

Posted on 18. May, 2017 by in Present and Future Events and Initiatives

December 13, 2017, Scottsdale, Arizona

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This seminar will provide a unified program to help participants modify the way their ED operates to improve results.  It will address shortening wait times, speeding and  improving  placements, reducing injuries and addressing legal problems which have a history of arising. It will help improve satisfaction for both consumers and staff.   It will provide a framework for those attending the following two day program The National Update on Behavioral Emergencies, to use in implementing additional improvements and addressing problems.

For more information about the National Update on Behavioral Emergencies conference December 14-15 at the same location click here .


Detailed Information About IBHI’s Seventh Annual Seminar


  • Stuart Buttlaire Ph. D. Regional Director of Inpatient Psychiatry and Continuing Care for Northern California Kaiser Permanente
  • Megan Schabbing, MD Medical Director Psychiatric Emergency Services OhioHealth Behavioral Health Riverside Methodist Hospital
  • Larry Phillips D.C.S.W. Program Manager,  St Anthony Hospital, Oklahoma City
  • Russell Kolsrud, JD   Dickinson-Wright
  • Peter Brown MA Exec. Dir. IBHI

Opening, Faculty Introductions and Schedule for the day

Hearing from the participants – getting acquainted with each other:

The current ED environment, its impact on behavioral health consumers and what the recently added standards for Joint Commission accreditation mean for hospitals behavioral health and emergency care.

Examples of Streamlining ED Operations  Techniques for understanding the flow problems and reducing boarding  in EDs and ways to develop changes in the operation.

Examples of Streamlining ED Operations Continued

Framework for improvement efforts and  making change in Emergency Department operations, staff culture and training
Legal issues in emergency department operations related to behavioral health patients  and ways to address them

Important topics in ED management:  suicide;  managing agitation; decisions about medication,

Break out groups – faculty facilitated – Planning to improve your facility and program. Participants use what they have learned to  develop their own plan for improvement with faculty support including improving engagement with community.

New developments in ED operations such as  use of  telemedicine, crisis centers, non-ED centers  crisis teams, Peer Counselors, Call center follow up efforts.
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