California Mental Health Advocates for Children and Youth presents

New Partnerships, New Strategies

Embracing the Wellness of Children, Families and Communities

Building on success we wish to expand even further into New Partnerships and New Strategies. We are inviting presentations from service partners in Education, Child Welfare, Alcohol and Other Drug Services, and Juvenile Justice, as well as non-traditional partners such as the clergy, community-based organizations, and Regional Centers.

Conference May 7 – 9, 2014

Conference begins Wednesday, May 7th at 2pm through Friday, May 9th at noon

Pre-conference begins Tuesday, May 6th at 2pm through Wednesday May 7th at noon

Asilomar Conference Grounds in Pacific Grove on the Monterey Peninsula


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Pre-Conference and Conference

Staying at Asilomar
Pre-conference Tuesday, May 6th 2:00 p.m. through Wednesday May 7th at noon $365
Asilomar Housing: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday nights
Single $744.91    Double $490.91

Not Staying at Asilomar
Pre-conference Tuesday, May 6th 2:00 p.m. through Wednesday May 7th at noon $400

Conference Only

Staying at Asilomar
Conference starting Wednesday, May 7th, 2:00 p.m. $315
Asilomar Housing: Wednesday and Thursday nights
Single $503.14    Double $333.94

Not Staying at Asilomar
Conference starting Wednesday, May 7th, 2:00 p.m. $350


Our focus includes, but isn’t limited to, effective approaches with positive outcomes regarding:

Affordable Care Act (Healthcare Reform) – Evaluation; integration; role of counties/managed care and the impact on families and workforce; Integration of Physical Health, Behavioral Health, Alcohol and Other Drug Services.

Education, Local Control Funding Formula – ERMHS/Related Services; school-based mental health services; school-based health centers; regular ed students’ access to mental health services; the education-discipline-juvenile justice linkage; the “school to prison pipeline”, school climate, and the school to employment pipeline – making it work!

Alcohol and Other Drug Services

Core Practice Model – Implementation, the real challenges, the real costs.

Managed Care – Clinical and policy issues, seamless tiers, the responsibilities of schools, Plans and Parity.

Holistic Wellness – including spiritual, physical, and emotional well-being.

Caretakers of children and youth with Non-Seriously Mentally Ill –  (ineligible for service) challenges.

Initiatives – Katie A Structure/Core Practice Model and Manual; EPSDT Performance Outcome System; Child Welfare Continuing Care Reform and Systems of Care Child Welfare updates; engagement models; Medi-Cal Expansion; Physical Health Matrix.

Prevention – Intervention; promotion; Mental Health First Aid.

Outreach, Engagement, and Integration – What is important to children, youth, families, and communities? How do we evaluate what is happening for them? What is the link between process measures and quality of life outcomes? 

Safety – Violence prevention.

Identifying and Strategizing Around Social Determinants – Behavioral Health and Social Outcomes; barriers; disparity; stigma and discrimination; vulnerable populations; social justice. 

Technology and Outreach – Addressing wellness and stigma; developing and working with media contacts; social media efforts.

Three year Integration Plan of the MHSA

Measuring Performance


David Sheff

David Sheff is a journalist and New York Times best-selling author.

Sheff’s Beautiful Boy, published in 2008, was based on his article, “My Addicted Son,” which appeared in the New York Times Magazine. The article won a special award from the American Psychological Association for “outstanding contribution to the understanding of addiction.” Beautiful Boy was named the year’s Best Nonfiction Book by Entertainment Weekly, and it won first place in the Barnes and Noble Discover Award in nonfiction.

Sheff  graduated from the University of California, Berkeley. He lives with his family in Northern California.


California Mental Health Advocates for Children and Youth

The only statewide voice for children’s mental health in the state of California.
CMHACY is a diverse association of citizens dedicated to advancing children’s mental health services in California. Formed in 1980 by people who saw the need to focus attention on children’s issues, CMHACY has grown into a large and broad-based coalition of persons deeply concerned with the mental health needs of California’s vulnerable children and youth.

CMHACY is a strong champion for children in the legislative and public policy arenas. We are frequently identified in legislation as an organization with whom policy makers should consult, and are increasingly included on task forces and work groups. Through public testimony, newsletters, position papers and an annual statewide conference, we strive to educate and influence decision makers affecting vulnerable children.

CMHACY is a tax exempt, non-profit, educational organization.



Entitlement of Service

Providing service to seriously emotionally disturbed children and youth

Cost Effective & Accountable

Helping to provide a fully funded comprehensive mental health system

Advocates for Statewide Standards

Common policy and standards allowing for local flexibility and accountability.

Interagency Collaboration

Cooperation is a crucial requirement for successful change

Promote Prevention

With a focus on early intervention

Community Based

Emphasizing co-location of services with other agencies and schools

Child-Centered Service

Including family-focused services within a culturally relevant context

Children First Approach

Serving children in the environment least restrictive to the child’s needs

Full Continuum of Care

Includes residential services within family proximity



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P.O. Box 1325
Glen Ellen, CA 95442

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