By Monica E. Oss I found the announcement that the Children’s Hospital Colorado declared a mental health “state of emergency” to be jarring. What was the criteria for this state of emergency? The system saw a 90% increase in demand for behavioral health treatment for children in the past two years—and escalation during the pandemic. The number of behavioral health cases in 2020 doubled, compared to 2019. This year, the number one reason for children presenting to the emergency department was suicide attempts. And most days, the health system had between 12 to 24 children waiting several hours to a couple of days for psychiatric inpatient beds (see Why A Hospital CEO Declared…
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COVID-19 Risk Management Plan August 11, 2021

We are excited to return to sunny southern California for The 2021 OPEN MINDS Management Best Practices Institute at the picturesque Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa, August 23-26, 2021. To help plan your in-person attendance, visit for a schedule of events happening throughout the week.

The resurgence of the COVID Delta variant has certainly created new challenges for the country and for our families. Fortunately, the available COVID vaccinations have been very successful in preventing symptomatic infections and illness. But I did want to let you know that our team at OPEN MINDS is committed to making our executive events as safe as possible and have an active risk management plan in place. I wanted to share with you the key elements of our plan:

We will continue to monitor any changes in the CDC recommendations for the continued safety of the public. If you have any concerns or questions, feel free to reach out to a member of our team at or by phone at 877-350-6463. We look forward to seeing you at The 2021 OPEN MINDS Management Best Practices Institute.

Monica E. Oss
Chief Executive Officer

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