The 34th annual California Mental Health Advocates for Children and Youth (CMHACY) Conference will open in Monterey on May 7. CMHACY is the largest independent state-wide voice for children’s mental health in California, serves as a gathering point and training source for professionals who work with youth, for the youth’s families, and for the youth themselves.
This year’s may be the most ambitious conference yet, encompassing:
- Education – George Sugai, Director of the Center for Behavioral Education and Research and Co-Director of the Center of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports;
- Substance Use Treatment – David Sheff, author of “Beautiful Boy” and “Clean”, and Elinore F. McCance-Katz, the Chief Medical Officer for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA);
- Suicide Prevention - Kevin Hines, survivor of a leap from the Golden Gate Bridge and author of “Cracked… Not Broken” and Sgt. Kevin Briggs, “The Guardian of the Golden Gate”, who convinced over 200 people to come back from the precipice of death;
- Child Welfare Core Practice Model – Stuart Oppenheim, Executive Director, Child and Family Policy Institute of California and Melissa Connelly, Training and Curriculum Specialist, University of California, Berkeley; and
- ACA Implementation and Managed Care Expansion - Rusty Selix, Executive Director of the California Council of Community Mental Health Agencies;
- As well as presentations by Karen Baylor, the new Deputy Director of California’s Department of Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Services and almost 40 workshops regarding successful and cutting-edge programs from around the state.
In the beautiful setting of Asilomar Conference Grounds on the edge of the Pacific Ocean, this conference provides more than timely information, it provides an opportunity to meet and informally interact with the brightest, the deepest, and the kindest.
- Details and registration information at www.CMHACY.org.