Webinar – “Risk Management Issues when Treating ED Patients with Behavioral Health Needs”

March 15, 2018
Emergency Department Direct Care Providers, Risk Managers, Patient Safety Officers, Quality and Performance Improvement Managers, Case/Discharge Managers and House Supervisors


Many challenges arise when treating mental health clients in local hospital emergency departments.  The staff managing these patients face difficulties when a psychiatric hospital bed cannot be promptly found to safely transfer the patient.  Behavioral health patients are often “boarded” while awaiting transfer to a more appropriate setting. Navigation of the “5150” law in California and “L2K” in Nevada and how EMTALA fits into those regulations can be daunting.  Please join us for this 1 hour webinar discussing these important issues.


Learning Objectives

At the end of the webinar, the participant should be able to:

  1. Review laws surrounding the transfer and admission of patients who need involuntary treatment (“5150” in California and “L2K” in Nevada).
  2. Describe EMTALA regulations and how they apply to psychiatric patients.
  3. Discuss suggestions to address differences or conflicts between State involuntary hold laws and EMTALA.
  4. Employ risk reduction measures in the treatment of ED patients with behavioral health needs.
  5. Consider select practical suggestions to improve care and reduce bad outcomes in this population.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 12205 for 1 contact hour.



Linda J. Garrett, JD
Garrett Consulting Group, LLC

Linda Garrett has been providing risk management services to public entity clients for over 25 years. As loss prevention consultant for the CSAC Excess Insurance Authority Medical Malpractice Programs, she provides services to over 50 County and other public entity health, mental health, and correctional healthcare programs, as well as to several County hospitals. She also consults with a group of Nevada rural hospitals, providing similar education and loss prevention services. Her work includes providing training to healthcare clinicians, administrators, compliance, quality and privacy officers, and QA/QI coordinators on a variety of medical/legal topics including consent, charting, mandated reporting, involuntary mental health treatment, patients’ rights, and federal and state medical confidentiality laws (including HIPAA, HITECH Act, and 42 CFR Part 2).

Before working as a risk manager, Ms. Garrett practiced as a medical malpractice defense attorney for a law firm in San Francisco, California. She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and UC Hastings College of the Law.

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