Call For Papers





  • LEARN – about new programs, implementation strategies, and emerging policy issues from county/state level administrators, public agency staff, parents, youth, providers, and advocates
  • HEAR – the voices of youth, transition aged adults and parents
  • NETWORK – with likeminded professionals, stakeholders and decision-makers
  • SHARE – your energy, expertise, experience and encouragement
  • PREPARE – to be inspired to advocate in your community (school, neighborhood, city, county, and state) and move our systems forward.


CMHACY seeks 90-minute workshops for presentation on Thursday, May 16, 2019, and poster presentations for an impactful poster session on Wednesday evening May 15, 2019. The conference focuses on all systems serving children, young people and youth – education, child welfare, juvenile justice, mental health, probation, substance use disorder, First 5, everyone. It is for youth, families, direct care workers, managers, professionals, policymakers, and volunteers. We seek presentations that meet the continuing education needs of all. While some workshops may be complex and advanced, with data that supports the intended outcomes of a program/approach, we also look for workshops free of professional jargon and acronyms. Applications are due January 4, 2019.

The Poster Session is a recent addition to the conference. It’s a great opportunity for attendees to share their work in an informal setting and is a great venue for new presenters.


Laptops: Projector and screen is provided, but not a laptop. Please bring your own.

Handouts: Please email handouts and PPT slides to by April 1, 2019. Please bring 30 copies to the conference.

Registration Fees: We ask presenters to pay the registration fees. The 2019 registration fees will be online by November 15, 2018 at

Lodging: Lodging is available at Asilomar Conference Grounds and in the surrounding area. Information regarding Asilomar lodging will be online by November 15, 2018.

Proposal Writing Tips: Keep it simple. Prepare objectives that will help guide the participants’ participation. The objectives will be included in their conference app for reference during the workshop.


  • California’s Continuum of Care Reform: County-based, provider-based implementation strategies that highlight successful Short-Term Residential Therapeutic Programs; Child Family Teams; resource/foster family recruitment and retention; progress at using the Core Practice Model.
  • Education – Building Mental Health and Wellness in California’s Schools: Integrated (community, school, and public) multi-tiered systems of support, Integrated Services Framework, leveraging Local /Central Accountability Plan, expanding funding strategies, new ESSA supports, student/family wellness
  • Behavioral Health Care for Children Birth to Five and their Families: Innovative approaches and effective interventions that address the challenges faced by families with very young children who are displaying concerning behaviors.
  • Behavioral Health in Juvenile Justice: Restorative Justice, impacts of solitary rooming practices on behavioral health, building protective factors in confinement and for behavioral wellness, diversion programs, treatment for sexually reactive children & youth, community-based aftercare, peer-based services for probation youth and confined youth, criminalization of youth with behavioral health issues.
  • Substance Misuse and Abuse: Risk assessment, dual diagnosis, harm reduction, providers with lived experience, evidence-based practices, culturally specific interventions, peer-based prevention and early intervention, non-traditional approaches to treatment, drug and Medical expansion and Prop 64, youth and family-friendly psycho-education, residential treatment wraparound models, and case management.
  • Local Successful Efforts Expanding Access to Specialty Mental and Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Services and Supports for Youth: Katie A, Therapeutic Foster Care, intensive home-based services, Prevention and Early Intervention, cross system options.
  • Effective Innovation, Practices and Programs: Addressing trauma faced by California’s children, youth and families, crisis services, cross systems collaboratives.
  • Data and Outcomes: Transparency in data and outcomes; State oversight and accountability measures; Dashboards and Business Intelligence; Data-driven Decision Making and the application of Continuous Quality Improvement methods; data sharing frameworks and MOUs to support cross-system collaboration.
  • Empowering Youth and Families for Self-Advocacy: youth, transition-aged youth and parent/caregiver supports and programs.
  • Youth Voice in Action: Positive youth development, youth-driven programs, youth-led policy and legislation, leadership and advocacy development, out coalitions, commissions and boards, peer-based and non-medical behavioral wellness tactics or approaches.
  • Strategies for Effective Engagement: Detailed approaches on working with program participants, parents, partners, and stakeholders to achieve program goal.
  • Children/Families in Natural Disasters: loss of security–how to support coping strategies
  • Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children: Model programs, cross-agency initiatives.
  • Behavioral Health Workforce: Engaging, recruiting, and sustaining a workforce with relevant training and experiences.
  • How Adolescents/TAY Interpret/Deal with the #METOO Movement
  • Immigration/ICE: How are federal policies/agencies impacting help-seeking behaviors and service access for undocumented children and youth?  What are the impacts on other social/educational service systems?
  • Legislation, Propositions, Regulations, Policy Issues: Presentations that Illuminate new policies, emerging regulations, and the impacts/opportunities at the community and state level.
  • New Partners, New Payers: Commercial insurance companies are exploring hospital alternatives and looking at delivering services that have historically been available only in the public system – community-based, non-clinical, interventions.
  • The Health of National Health Care: Current status of health care reform and its impact on California’s children, youth and families; funding behavioral health services in California; challenging commercial insurance decisions that deny behavioral health services in California, mental health parity; healthcare integration.
  • Affordable Housing – Impacts to Children, Youth, TAY and Families: Children, youth and families are struggling due to the lack of affordable and appropriate housing options, affecting negatively the overall health of entire families.  What kinds of innovative housing supports through FSP or other collaborative processes involving behavioral health are working in your community?


Priority will be given to workshops that include the authentic participation of youth, young adults transitioning into independent living, parents/caregivers of very young children, family, and community partners.  Poster sessions and workshops should emphasize practical tools, effective strategies, demonstrate collaboration across systems and community partners, and have established outcomes with supportive data and participant summaries. “No data without stories, no stories without data.”

**Presenters are asked to pay registration fees and to bring their own laptop for presentations. **

Once your proposal is submitted, the CMHACY Conference Committee will contact you. We appreciate your time and effort in making this conference a rich learning experience for all attendees!

Have questions or need help? Please contact Cecily Hendricks, Conference Coordinator at or call us at (831) 200-3679.