Rescheduled 2020 Conference

RESCHEDULED!

40TH ANNUAL CMHACY CONFERENCE

CHANGING TIDES

VOICES FOR EQUITY, INCLUSION & ACCESS

CONFERENCE: Wednesday, September 30 – Friday, October 2, 2020
PRE-CONFERENCES: Tuesday Afternoon—September 29, 2020 (Parents/Caregivers & Youth Advocates)
Wednesday Morning—September 30, 2020 (Counties/Agencies, Education, Parents/Caregivers, TAY Professionals, Youth Advocates)

AT ASILOMAR CONFERENCE GROUNDS IN PACIFIC GROVE, CALIFORNIA

The California Mental Health Advocates for Children & Youth (CMHACY) conference is the most recognized and longest standing conference for children’s mental health in the state of California. Our annual conference is California’s premier event for all interested in learning about, advocating for and promoting policies, programs and practices that enhance the well-being of vulnerable children, youth and families. As we plan our 40th annual conference, we look back at how far we’ve come since 1980—growing from a small group of 40 county children’s coordinators to over 600 attendees in 2019.

A MESSAGE TO OUR CMHACY COMMUNITY

DEAR CMHACY COMMUNITY:

CMHACY was founded 40 years ago by three dozen Children’s Coordinators from County Departments of Mental Health who were committed to improving the health and well-being of children and families across the country. As we approach our 40th annual conference, we are confronted with a global crisis that challenges this important commitment.

It is with a heavy heart and a full understanding of the incredible work and effort on the part of so many people – which includes our presenters, vendors, and sponsors, as well as the entire CMHACY volunteer team – that we have decided to postpone the upcoming CMHACY Conference. In full support of the recommendations of State and local public health officials regarding large group gatherings and travel during the COVID-19 outbreak, the 2020 CMHACY conference scheduled for May will be postponed until September 29 through October 2, 2020.  

With the new dates confirmed please take note of the following:

REGISTRATION:

  • All registrations will be transferred to the new conference dates.
  • We are extending our “Early-Bird” rates through Friday, July 31, 2020!

ACCOMMODATIONS:

  • Please note that Asilomar has canceled all current room reservations and has issued refunds to all credit cards on file.
  • Asilomar will provide a new booking link after April 15, 2020. If you plan on staying on-grounds, we recommend you rebook your room in the next few months. Space will still be limited!
  • If you are currently booked at any local Pacific Grove hotels for the upcoming May Conference, we recommend that you cancel and rebook your hotel immediately.

We will soon come together to celebrate the special contributions of people and organizations who have worked with CMHACY and supported its mission over the years. We hope that you, your organization, and your family are doing well despite these unforeseen circumstances and are staying safe. 

Please let us know if you have any questions by emailing us at Info@CMHACY.org. We will see you this fall for our monumental 40th anniversary!

See you soon,

TEAM CMHACY

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

TUESDAY, SEPTEBMER 29, 2020

2:00PM | Registration/Info Desk Open

PRE-CONFERENCES

1:00PM | Parents/Caregivers Pre-Conference
1:00PM | Youth Advocate Pre-Conference

5:00PM | Bonfire, Open to all Attendees

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2020

8:00AM | Registration/Info Desk Open

PRE-CONFERENCES

8:30AM | Counties/Providers Pre-Conference
8:30AM | Education Pre-Conference
8:30AM | Parents/Caregivers Pre-Conference
8:30AM | TAY Professionals Pre-Conference
8:30AM | Youth Advocate Pre-Conference

PLENARY SESSION

1:45PM  | Conference Opening Entertainment
2:00PM  | Conference Opens, Welcoming Remarks
2:15PM  | OPENING KEYNOTE—From Prison to the Olympics

TONY HOFFMAN, FORMER BMX PRO, THE FREEWHEEL PROJECT 

Tony Hoffman’s life has been a roller coaster, and is a powerful story being heard around the world. Tony Hoffman’s inspiring story will embolden you to take more action in the work of mental health and substance use disorder. Tony will provide a deep understanding of early childhood trauma and how substance use became a coping mechanism to help him escape the mental health struggles that trauma gave birth to.

After battling addiction that led to homelessness, Tony will detail his time through prison and his reentry into society—a changed man with 4 goals he made for himself that people said were impossible to achieve. Tony will discuss the challenges he’s seen and experienced with inclusion and access to care throughout his 12.5 years of recovery, and actions he’s taken to make things easier and more accessible for all. Tony ultimately accomplished the 4 goals he set in prison and continues his work around the country, motivating and inspiring others to do more in their quest for helping others. Join us at our opening session to hear Tony’s powerful story firsthand.

BIO: TONY HOFFMAN, FORMER BMX ELITE PRO
After paroling prison on December 13, 2008, Tony Hoffman started living out his dream, with his addiction behind him. Tony is a Former BMX Elite Pro and placed 2nd at the 2016 World Championships in Medellin Colombia in the Masters Pro class. Tony coached Women’s Elite Pro, Brooke Crain, to a 4th place finish at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in Brazil. His story is full of redemption as he has seen some of the highest highs, and the lowest lows. Tony has presented on the prestigious TEDx stage and is the Founder and Director of The Freewheel Project, a non-profit  that mentors thousands of youth through action sports. Today, Tony is one of the most requested substance abuse speakers in the country,  traveling 200 days a year to share his inspiring story with various audiences. Tony’s future goal is to open the Tony Hoffman Wellness Center where he hopes to redirect the lives of those struggling with addiction onto the path of sobriety and purpose.

3:30PM | Spoken Word Performance

3:40PM | Youth Advocate Panel with Q&A

Hear from a panel of Youth Advocates with different perspective to tackle the complexities of equity, inclusion, and access- what it is, why it is, and what it could look like in the future.

4:30PM | Jim Preis Advocate of the Year Award

In October of 2018, CMHACY lost Jim Preis to cancer—a former CMHACY Board member, Friend, and frequent workshop presenter and moderator of our Friday Policy Panels.  Jim was legendary In the children’s mental health movement in California and across the nation.  Through his big battles, little skirmishes, productive collaborations, and persistent refusals to accept injustices, we witnessed decades of Jim’s undaunted and collegial efforts to improve the lives of Californians.

As Executive Director of Mental Health Advocacy Services, Inc. in Los Angeles Jim dedicated his work and his life to improving access to and services/supports for people with mental health and emotional challenges.  Jim’s impact was huge in the children’s mental health movement exemplified by his role as lead attorney on the lawsuit that in California expanded EPSTD to include mental health services.

In honor of his many contributions the CMHACY Board has dedicated the Advocate of the Year award to Jim.  By renaming the award in his honor, it will serve as an annual reminder of the extraordinary deeds that we can accomplish working together, and the incredible individual work he took on across his decades of service.  CMHACY will honor his memory by recognizing others who demonstrate an unwavering commitment to improving the lives of others and who share the values and commitment to service that he stood for and for which he fought.

4:50PM | Amazon Gift Card Raffle & Closing Remarks

CONFERENCE WELCOME RECEPTION

5:15PM | Welcome Reception, All Attendees Welcome!

All attendees are invited to join us at our free Welcome Reception following our opening plenary session. Come mingle with other attendees and enjoy some hors d’oeuvres, view our 2020 poster presentations, meet our speakers & sponsors, and celebrate CMHACY’s history with us as look back on 40 years!

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2020

8:00AM | Registration/Info Desk Open

PLENARY SESSION

8:30AM | Amazon Gift Card Raffle
8:45AM | Innovative Program Award
9:00AM | THURSDAY KEYNOTE—The Resurgent Father & His Path to Paternal Reentry

MELVIN CALAWAY & CHRISTOPHER GIBSON, THE FATHERHOOD INITIATIVE

Fathers are an essential piece to their child’s life, however, they are often excluded from the valuable moments of attachment and bonding with their child. When fathers are welcomed back into the loving arms of their child, they experience adverse challenges that have an effect on their path to paternal reentry. In this keynote presentation, Melvin Calaway Jr. and Christopher Gibson share the importance of actively engaged fathers and the challenges that resurgent fathers are faced with during his path to paternal reentry.
As a result of this keynote session, participants will take away:
  • Equity: The importance of fathers having equal involvement and rights in their child’s life.
  • Inclusion: The positive outcomes for families, children, fathers and communities when fathers have an active role in their child’s life.
  • Access: The importance of strong advocates for fathers rights.
Attendees will learn:
Actionable ways to incorporate the resurgent father in their organization.

ABOUT THE FATHERHOOD INITATIVE:
The Fatherhood Initiative aims to strengthen, coordinate, and grow existing male and fatherhood services support within the Maternal, Paternal, and Child & Adolescent Health (MPCAH) system of care. The Fatherhood Initiative promotes responsible fatherhood and healthy relationships through parenting education and skill building. It provides male-centered case management and care coordination through support programs. The Initiative collaborates with First 5 Alameda County to promote the Father Corps program and partners with Alameda County Healthy Start Initiative and Black Infant Health to ensure early intervention practices.

The goals of the Fatherhood Initiative are to improve the quality of life for Alameda County children, families and communities by:

  • Promoting responsible fatherhood by providing male-centered, skill-based parenting education
  • Providing case management and specialized support groups
  • Increasing men’s access and use of local health care and wraparound services
    strengthening and enhancing existing services through capacity building, training, and health promotion campaigns

BIO: MELVIN CALAWAY JR., ALAMEDA COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT FATHERHOOD INITIATIVE PROGRAM
Melvin Calaway Jr. is a Family Support Case Manager for the Alameda County Public Health Department Fatherhood Initiative Program. Where he strives to strengthen the personal and professional growth of fathers.  As a member of the Alameda County Breastfeeding Coalition Steering Committee, Melvin is able to utilize his skills of support and empowerment to foster the education while empathizing the importance of the fathers’ role in the process of breastfeeding. He has ten years of experience as a community service provider, throughout Santa Clara, San Francisco, and Alameda Counties.

Melvin is a native of Oakland, California. He is also a father of five children. Melvin received his Bachelor of Art in Psychology from San Francisco State University, and recently completed his Masters’ in Social Work at Walden University. He is an experienced public speaker, group facilitator, and mental health consultant. Melvin has a passion for uplifting and empowering diverse individuals and families in need.

BIO: CHRISTOPHER GIBSON, ALAMEDA COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT FATHERHOOD INITIATIVE PROGRAM
Christopher Gibson is a Family Support Case Manager for the Alameda County Public Health Department Fatherhood Initiative Program. Chris’s focus is to encourage dads to be Resilient, Present, and consistent with their parenting.  Currently, he is serving as the oversee of supervisor of two fatherhood being held at WIC sites in Oakland, Ca. He is a member of the Alameda County Fathers Corps, where he works with other fatherhood service providers to influences system-wide change, in family court, Social Services, Child support, and others that have a biased view of men and fatherhood. Chris also provides technical assistance to health clinics to become father-friendly and help with outreach and group facilitation.

Chris is a native of Richmond, California. He is also a father of three children. Chris received his Bachelor of Science from California State University East Bay and will be starting his Masters’ in Public Administration in Fall 2020.  Chris also currently serves as a Youth Pastor at Bethel Church in Richmond.

WORKSHOPS

10:30AM | 43 WORKSHOPS OVER 3 SESSIONS

  • Workshop Session A—10:30AM – 12:00PM
  • Workshop Session B—01:30PM – 3:00PM
  • Workshop Session C—03:30PM – 5:00PM

2020 WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS

40TH CONFERENCE CELEBRATION

8:00PM | 40TH CMHACY DANCE!

All are invited!! Come to Merrill Hall for to celebrate CMHACY’s 40TH YEAR!! Join us for dancing, good food, and a fun time! Enjoy our photo booth, awesome DJ and lots of snacks. There will amazing Raffle prizes too! See you on the dance floor!

9:00PM | Amazon Gift Card Raffle

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2020

PLENARY SESSION

Uniting Voices to Improve Policy and Practice: Moving the Needle

8:30AM | Welcome/Amazon Gift Card Raffle
8:35AM | Policy/Legislative Leadership Award

Improvements in public child/family mental health at the local and state levels does not happen without the efforts of a champion or leader.  This category seeks to identify public colleagues who have seized upon opportunities to build something bigger, something better – either as a pilot program or through legislation or regulatory changes – and who are undaunted by competing priorities and/or funding and authority conflicts.  CMHACY has granted this award to legislators, legislative aides, Boards of Supervisors, personnel from county and state offices, private providers and parent advocates.

8:50AM | Kaiser Permanente Address
9:10AM | Policy Session Introduction

Our Friday Morning Closing Policy Session is our opening act for the next 40 years! Looking back over the last four decades of Policy changes, the many advancements in care, and the development of collaborative systems, we will collectively ask ourselves: How have these changes positioned the broad continuum of stakeholders for new successes? The Friday Morning session will feature nationally recognized advocates and front line field experts that touch upon the areas of children’s of mental health, and offer the Conference attendees some insightful perspectives on the critical emerging policies before the Office of the Governor, the California Legislature, and our local communities and families.

Ms. Melinda Bird, Senior Litigation Counsel with Disability Rights California, (and the recipient of CMHACY’s first Jim Preis Lifetime Advocacy Award), and Richard Saletta, (founding member of CMHACY) begins our morning by setting the stage with a summary of the milestone moments in children’s mental health legislation and program innovations, along with descriptions of the CMHACY efforts across the decades. This presentation will delve into school based mental health and health care advancements. Together with “front line” participants, critical areas of emerging state level initiatives will be discussed, and “actionable items” identified for all conference attendees as we return to our communities.

9:15AM | Where Have we Been?

  • Melinda Bird, Disability Rights California
  • Rick Saletta, CMHACY Founder

9:45AM | Where are we Today? (Panels & Live Polling)

SUBJECT MATTER EXPERTS

  • Jim Kooler, California Department of Health Care Services
  • Chris Stoner-Mertz, California Alliance of Child & Family Services
  • Education Subject Matter Expert, TBD

VOICES FROM THE FIELD

  • Veronica Coates, Tehama County SELPA
  • Pam Hawkins, United Parents
  • Richard Knecht, Integrated Human Services Group
  • Debbie Manners, Hathaway Sycamores

11:10AM | Response to Live Poll Results—Link With Call to Action
11:45AM | Closing Remarks/Grand Prize Giveaway

12:00PM | Conference Ends

THANK YOU TO OUR 2020 CONFERENCE SPONSORS!

CHAMPION SPONSOR: 

ADVOCATE SPONSORS: 

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PARTNER SPONSORS: 

FRIEND SPONSORS: 

CALIFORNIA CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION

CRITTENTON SERVICES FOR CHILDREN & FAMILIES