2018 Conference Policy Panels

Friday Morning Policy Panels

May 18th, 8:30 to 11:30


The conference ends with two policy panels.

  1. Crisis Continuum of Care Panel


Carroll Schroeder – California Alliance, Moderator    (representing private provider organizations)
Name Stakeholder Group
TBD by Youth  Committee Youth
Jonnie Banks Adoptive Parent/Grandparent
John Boyd – OAC Commission Chair State and Local Leadership/MHSA
Mary Watanabe – DMHC Deputy Director State Leadership/private insurance
Sheree Lowe – Ca Hospital Assoc. VP Hospital Providers
Sue Coats- Baldwin School District Board Local Education
Erika Cristo – Chief, DHCS State Leadership/Medi-cal Mental Health


    1. Child/youth/family focused crisis service recommendations and best practice examples
    2. Funding opportunities and threats
    3. Responsibilities of various service sectors
    4. Implementation status of recent efforts: AB501, AB833, AB82 Triage, OAC Crisis advisory panel.
    5. Crisis data – what do we know? eg, what are the most common responses to crisis calls? –Where are Mobile crisis services available and what models? What variations and funding source across counties?
    6. Moving beyond the medical model – peer based and community based solutions to crisis
    7. Supporting families to respond to crisis
    8. SUD treatment crisis – developing infrastructure to address the needs of dual diagnosis clients in crisis and drug induced psychosis crisis
    9. Substance use as barrier to admission to crisis units, detox unable to handle extreme psychosis


  1. Equity Panel
Paul Curtis – California Council of Community Behavioral Health Agencies, Moderator (representing private provider organizations)
Name Stakeholder Group
Tristin Severns Youth
TBD by Parent Committee Parent/caregiver
Patrick Gardner – Young Minds Advocacy Legal Advocate
Monica Nepomuceno, MSW State Leadership/CDE
Will Lightbourne – DSS Director State Leadership/Child Welfare
Duane McWaine – Anthem Medical Director Managed Care Organizations and providers
Kirsten Barlow – CBHDA County Systems of Care


  1. Cultural differences in general access to services. (Note: “culture” is defined broadly and includes racial/ethnic, age, gender, sexual orientation, geographic location, family “type” (ie: biological, foster, adoptive, kinship, family of choice), and other factors.
  2. Culturally relevant and responsive services: examples and recommendations
  3. Workforce: diversity among providers and line staff
  4. Supporting the professionalization and scaling of community defined practices (eg. Native American cultural practices as behavioral health treatment, LGBT outreach vans, barbershops)
  5. Data collection for “invisibilized” communities – MediCal LGBTQ and Tribal Specific Identities and other minority cultures
  6. Behavioral health care for criminalized populations,
  7. Behavioral health access for opioid crisis, disproportionally impacted communities and the legalization of cannabis
  8. Behavioral health solutions to generational trauma
  9. Infrastructure as innovation – addressing social determinants of health as behavioral health treatment and prevention


Looking forward to seeing you there. The conference is only weeks away!

– the CMHACY team