California Mental Health Advocates for Children and Youth

Forging the Future

Building Wellness for California’s Children, Youth, and Families

The 38th Annual CMHACY Conference

May 16 – 18, 2018

Youth & Family/Caregiver Pre-Conferences on Tuesday, May 15th at 2:00 pm through Wednesday, May 16th at 12:00 pm.

Education & Provider/Agency Pre-Conferences on Wednesday, May 16th at 8:30 am until 12:00 pm.

Conference on Wednesday, May 16th from 1:45 pm. until 12:00 pm on Friday, May 18th, 2018.

2018 Conference Overview


Wed, May 16 at 2pm in the  Merrill Auditorium

Establishing Nurturing Environments for ALL: Integrated Mental Health Within a Multi-tier System

Susan Barrett, Director, Mid-Atlantic PBIS Network

A framework to integrate mental health and other community partners through school wide systems and partnerships will be described, including structures and processes to expedite outcomes for youth and families. Progress/challenges experienced by integrated teams will be highlighted.


3:15  – Youth Panel – Forging the Future We Need: Youth Voices on Policy, Practice, and Empowered Peers

This panel of diverse youth leaders will tackle issues both large-scale and personal, ranging from service gaps to needed supports as peer professionals, to identifying trauma in their communities. With a focus on building a shared, empowered vision of the future, these youth will help illuminate needed priorities for policy makers, providers, family members, and their peers.


 7:00 – Keynote Address Every Kid is One Caring Adult Away From Being a Success Story

Josh Shipp

“Statistically, I am supposed to be dead, in jail, or homeless. At 14, I’d been kicked out of so many foster homes that it became a game to me. I acted out because I didn’t trust anyone, and I didn’t expect that to change any time soon. So, how come I didn’t end up yet another statistic? The Answer: One Caring Adult.” – Josh Shipp

Josh had a challenging childhood and bounced around in foster homes until a handful of caring adults reach out to him. He now strives to pass this knowledge on as an author (the national bestseller “The Teen’s Guide to World Domination”,) as an acclaimed speaker, and through a documentary TV series that followed his ground-breaking work with teens.

See more at https://joshshipp.com/one-caring-adult/


8:30 – Wine and Cheese Reception and Poster Session

A reception for everyone to meet the speakers and the other conference participants, and a Poster Session with nine presenters.


Thursday, May 17 at 8:45 am in the Merrill Auditorium

Trauma in the Very Young Child: Risk and Resiliency

Kiti Randall

Kiti is a Pediatric Neurodevelopmental Psychologist with extensive experience with infants, children, and adolescents, specializing in infant and toddler high risk populations, developmental disability, trauma, and pre and postnatal substance exposure. She is author/director of the Trauma, Loss & Compassion (TLC) program; a bereavement support group for preschoolers in San Bernardino County Preschools, and has developed ‘Time-In’ strategies to assist schools in enhancing social/emotional development and learning.


Three Sessions of Simultaneous Workshops

There wi1l be three sessions of workshops, running from 10:30 am to noon; 1:30 to 3:00 pm; and 3:30 to 5 pm. Download workshop descriptions.


5:10 – 5:30 – CMHACY Business Meeting. All are invited

Everyone who attends the conference is a member of CMHACY. $25 of your registration fee is your dues. There will be a business meeting from 5:10 to 5:30 in Merrill Auditorium. There will be a vote on propose by-law changes 


9:00 – 11:00 pm – Dance at Merrill Hall “A Night on Treasure Island”

All are invited. Music, dancing, photo booth, food, drink, raffle prizes, and lots of give-aways. Learn more here.


Friday, May 18 from 8:30 am to 11:30 am in the Merrill Auditorium

Policy Panel

2018 Presentation Downloads