The CMHACY conference is California’s premier event for all those interested in learning about, advocating for and promoting policies, programs and practices that enhance the well-being of vulnerable children, youth and families.
Members of the County Behavioral Health Directors’ Association of California’s (CBHDA) Children’s System of Care (CSOC) Committee will hold their monthly meeting at CMHACY. The meeting will take place on May 15th, 12:15 pm – 1:30 pm at the Woodlands North Dining Room.
If you have purchased a meal-plan with Asilomar, there is no cost. If you are staying off-grounds and have no meal plan at Asilomar, please pay the $25 lunch fee online, or bring a check for $25.
Materials for the meeting will be e-mailed to the committee prior to the meeting, materials will be printed by CBHDA. If you have any questions about the lunch please contact Cecily Hendricks at Info@CMHACY.org. If you have questions about the CBHDA CSOC Meeting please contact Heather Anders at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Raul Almazar, Senior Public Health Advisor
NASMHPD’s Center for Innovations in Trauma-Informed Approaches
Most of us and the people we serve live in communities filled with strife and suffering from inequities and disparities. Trauma-informed and trauma responsive approaches help people heal from the effects of trauma, build resilience as well as address preventive measures to mitigate childhood adversity. This session will highlight what many communities across the country are doing to help their communities heal and become resilient.
This panel presentation will represent the thoughts and ideas of both youth and parents on gaps in service during childhood life transitions. For example, when a young toddler, just turning 3, transitions from home, or from an Early Start Program, into a pre-school program. There may be gaps if the toddler is displaying behavioral difficulties. There are gaps in supports for a 5 year old that is not ready to enter kindergarten, or when a transition age youth, sixteen to twenty-four, is no longer receiving children’s services but has not yet entered the adult system. Parents and youth will discuss how these gaps in services during transitions affect them, and ideas they have to mitigate the gaps in service.
Arrive on time (7:00PM sharp!) for a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card. Visit our sponsors in the Surf and Sand meeting room to receive an additional raffle ticket to win another $100 Amazon gift card Wednesday at 7PM in Merrill Hall!
Jim Preis Advocate of the Year Awardee
Disability Rights California
Melinda Bird is Litigation Counsel for Disability Rights California. She has won more than a dozen reported state and federal decisions over her career but her most important cases were co-counseled with Jim Preis. She began working with Jim more than twenty-five years ago, when they met Elizabeth Quinones, a teen-ager who had spent more than half of her life in locked mental institutions and was afraid she would remain at Metropolitan State Hospital forever. Along with a team of dedicated attorneys, Jim and Melinda filed a lawsuit in federal court on Elizabeth’s behalf – Emily Q. v. Bonta – that eventually led to Medi-Cal coverage of Therapeutic Behavioral Services (TBS). Melinda and Jim also joined with other advocates to a file a sister case, Katie A. v. Bonta, which resulted in Medi-Cal coverage of wraparound services. Melinda continues to work on special education issues, improved services to youth with mental health needs in juvenile halls, and implementation of Katie A services in Los Angeles County. Most importantly, Elizabeth Quinones was finally able to leave the state hospital in 2003 and moved to an apartment in the community, using both TBS and supported living services.
Dr. Jaiya John
Soul Water Rising
Dr. Jaiya John’s compassionate keynote message encourages us to reflect on how our own wellness as practitioners and systems relates to our capacity to support and serve the wellness of our youth. This is a heart and soul message of renewal, empowerment, healing, and hopefulness.
A reception for attendees to meet the speakers, other conference participants, and view our poster presentations.
Arrive on time (8:30AM sharp!) for a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card. Visit our sponsors in the Surf and Sand meeting room on Wednesday to receive an additional raffle ticket to win another $100 Amazon gift card Thursday morning!
Policy/Legislative Leadership Awardee
Dr. William Arroyo
Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health
William Arroyo, M.D., is a former CMHACY Board member. He recently served as an Associate Medical Director of Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LACDMH). He is also a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Keck USC School of Medicine. He has represented Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health and other mental health organizations in program and policy development relevant to mental health at County, State and national levels. He has served on several boards and national advisory bodies including: California Children’s Medi-Cal Health Advisory Panel (advising State on Medicaid Programs for Children); the California (Prison) Rehabilitation Oversight Board; the State Commission on Juvenile Justice; as an (Alternate) Commissioner of First 5 LA; County Behavioral Health Directors Association of California; Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Task Force on Eliminating Mental Health Disparities; AIDS Healthcare Foundation; and children’s mental health research and training centers at Portland State University, Georgetown University and University of South Florida. He provided leadership to a early childhood mental health programs in L.A. He has recently served on an advisory panel to U.S. Department of Homeland Security in regard to family detention facilities. He has served as president of the California Psychiatric Association and the California Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He has, also, provided national leadership on juvenile justice reform. He has been honored for his advocacy efforts by both state and national organizations. He has publications in areas of juvenile justice, culture issues, schools, and trauma.
Tia Martinez, Principal
Forward Change Consulting
This presentation situates the current predominance of zero-tolerance school discipline in its historical context and identifies how the excessive use of exclusionary punishment in recent decades has triggered a cascade of system-driven negative feedback loops that channel young males into the prison system. Moreover, the presentation shows how the school-to-prison pipeline anchors an intergenerational negative feedback loop that disproportionately channels the sons of incarcerated men into the prison pipeline as well. The presentation concludes by identifying intervention points and approaches to disrupting the negative feedback loops that comprise the school-to-prison pipeline.
There will be three sessions of workshops, running from 10:30 am to noon; 1:30 to 3:00 pm; and 3:30 to 5 pm. View the workshop schedule and descriptions below.
All are invited! Come to Merrill Hall for dancing, good food, and a fun time! Come join the fun and make new friends. Enjoy our photo booth, awesome DJ and lots of snacks. There will amazing Raffle prizes too!
Arrive on time (8:30AM sharp!) for a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card!
Alex Briscoe, Principal
California Children’s Trust
Sandra Hernandez, MD, CEO
California Health Care Foundation
You must arrive at 8:30AM to get a ticket and be present at the end of the Friday session to win the grand prize!