Webinar: Barriers to Discharges and Admissions to Community Placements for Behavioral Health Patients
This webinar will discuss admission criteria for Adult
Residential Facilities (ARF’s) and Residential Care Facilities
for the Elderly (RCFE’s). As resources become more and more
scarce every day we find ourselves at a crisis point in our
efforts to serve the diverse population of Behavioral Health
patients. The most recent closure of a large, well established
program that offered crisis residential services for patients
transitioning from an acute care setting is one such example of
the rapid dwindling of resources and options for care teams.
Understanding admission criteria for ARF’s and RCFE’s can go a
long way to removing barriers to discharging a patient home or to
an alternative placement.
Conservatorship often plays a role in the most difficult
placements faced by hospital staff. Conservatorship is the result
of the social dilemma created when a person is so disabled that
they are incapable of participating in planning for their own
needs; the incapacitated person’s right to self-determination;
and the community’s responsibility to respond to an incapacitated
person in need.
The purpose of conservatorship is to provide individualized care
and/or money management for persons who are unable to make
decisions in their own best interests as a result of severe
mental illness or cognitive impairment. Conservatorship deprives
the impaired person of their personal liberties. Therefore,
there are strict legal procedures and laws that must be followed
by doctors, hospital staff and conservators which involve review
and monitoring by the California Superior Court.
This presentation is intended to clarity the difference between
LPS, mental health, conservatorship and Probate, cognitive
Remove Barriers to admissions to community placements
Director of Government and Public Affairs
Psynergy Programs, Inc.
Lynda Kaufmann has been involved with mental health in California
since 2002, with a strong focus on helping individuals move out
of locked psychiatric settings. Since 2010, she has led the
interface with government entities and public affairs for
Psynergy Programs, identifying needs and developing solutions for
counties under contract, and functioning as the liaison for
County Mental Health board meetings and NAMI meetings. At
Psynergy, she coordinates the effort to educate current, past and
future family members, county mental health partners, law
enforcement that incarcerate severely mentally ill individuals,
and many others about Modified Therapeutic Communities, and how
this model can expand the horizons of mentally ill adults.
Lynda has traveled to Trieste, Italy, London, and throughout
United States to tour many programs serving the severely mentally
ill populations to understand more progressive and integrative
practices worldwide. Since returning to Psynergy in 2010
Lynda has personally worked with 600+ individuals moving from IMD
levels of care back to the community in open, unlocked, healthy,
clean and safe housing.
Chris retired as the Chief Deputy Public
Administrator/Guardian/Conservator for the County of Sonoma in
October of 2018. Chris served as Chief Deputy for 9
years. During that time she was responsible for the daily
operations of all three programs, acting with full authority and
Chris is a past president of the Executive Board of the
California Association of Public
Administrators/Guardians/Conservators; serving in successively
responsible positions from 2011-2018. Chris is a lifetime
member of the Association and currently services as the
Association’s Legislative Analyst.
Chris received a BA in Political Science with an emphasis in
Constitutional law and the Politics of Health Care from Portland
State University (1985) and an MA in Interdisciplinary Studies
with an emphasis in Gerontology from CSU Sonoma State (1995).
Chris is the Principal of Koper and Associates consulting.