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.
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.
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 18 poster presentations.
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.
All are invited! Come to Merrill Hall for dancing, good food, and a fun time!
Alex Briscoe, Principal
California Children’s Trust
Nearly unprecedented consensus about the urgency of addressing children’s needs arrives at a unique confluence of opportunities to create transformational change in California’s public systems. The final session of the conference will explore California’s current policy landscape, key drivers of change, and near term opportunities for fundamental reforms for children, families,
and the systems that serve them.