2016 Conference

California Mental Health Advocates for Children and Youth presents:

The 36th Annual 2016 CMHACY and Youth Conference

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. until Noon on Friday, May 13, 2016.

Pre-conferences on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 starting at 2:00 p.m.
and Wednesday, May 11, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. until noon.

2016 Conference Resources


2016 Presentation Downloads

Kappy Madenwald

Wednesday, May 11, 2:00 pm

Kappy Madenwald

Kappy has extensive experience in mobile community-based and hospital-based crisis intervention services. She specializes in the design, implementation and evaluation of person-centered service delivery systems – including comprehensive state or community crisis systems – that are integrated at a systems and direct care level, are delivered in a fashion that promotes self-direction and recovery, are least restrictive/least intensive in nature and that are designed to assure timely and purposeful movement through care. Kappy has worked directly on state level service planning and implementation initiatives in Massachusetts, Maryland, Iowa, North Carolina and Georgia and at a regional/local level in Oregon, Pennsylvania and California. She has also provided direct technical assistance to numerous county, regional, and local authorities or nonprofit organizations throughout the U.S. Kappy was a principle contributor to the monograph: A Community-Based Comprehensive Psychiatric Crisis Response System (TAC 2005). In addition, she is the Director of Operations for the Annapolis Coalition on the Behavioral Health Workforce, which is dedicated to improving the recruitment, retention, training, and performance of the prevention and treatment workforce in the mental health and addictions sectors of the behavioral health field.

Chacku Mathai

Wednesday, May 11, 7:00 pm

Chacku Mathai, Keynote Speaker

Chacku Mathai is Director of the NAMI STAR Center, which provides technical assistance to facilitate the restructuring of the mental health system by promoting recovery and consumer-directed approaches. He has over twenty-eight years of experience in mental health and addiction community-based services as youth leader, peer advocate, community organizer, community residence manager, psychiatric rehabilitation practitioner, trainer and program administrator. Chacku trains nation-wide on building collaborations across addiction and mental health recovery communities and systems, peer support, cultural competence, employment and economic self-sufficiency, leadership, systems advocacy and implementing exemplary, integrated practices in supporting recovery for people with psychiatric disabilities, diagnoses, trauma related conditions and co-occurring substance use conditions. Chacku’s personal experiences as a youth and young adult in mental health and addiction recovery in New York launched him and his family towards a number of efforts to advocate for improved services and alternative supports in the community. Chacku was formerly the Associate Executive Director for the New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services and an implementation partner for the New York State Center of Excellence for the Integration of Care (CEIC), the SAMHSA Northeast Addiction Technology Transfer Network (NE-C ATTC), the SAMHSA Recovery to Practice Resource Center for Behavioral Health Professionals and the SAMHSA Bringing Recovery Supports To Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy (BRSS-TACS). Chacku was also appointed to the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) Credentialing Board. He served as a founding board member and advocate for Friends of Recovery – New York, a statewide coalition of people in recovery from addiction and is a former member of the Commission that oversees the United States Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (USPRA) Certification Program for Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioners (CPRP).

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Thursday, May 12, 9:00 am

Dayna Long

Dayna Long is a pediatrician at Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland and the Medical Director of the Center for Community Health and Engagement, which is dedicated to advancing equity by partnering with communities to promote preventative health and wellbeing for all children and their families. She is the co-Founder and Medical Director of the Family Information and Navigation Desk (FIND), which addresses the social and environmental factors that profoundly impact health outcomes. Via culturally responsive community Navigators and evidence-based best practices, patients are connected to community-based resources that satisfy unmet basic needs such as food insecurity, housing, tobacco cessation, physical activity, childcare, as well as mental health and developmental services. Dr. Long is a Spokeswoman for “Too Small to Fail: Talk, Read, Sing”, which encourages early literacy and brain development by having caregivers in low-income communities, starting at birth and daily thereafter, talk, read and sing to their babies. Dr. Long is an adviser for the White House Bridging the Word Gap Incentive Prize challenge and part of the national Bridging the Word Gap Research Network. She has done research in health disparities, social determinants of health, and community health. As a steering committee member of First Five-Alameda County/Help Me Grow, Dr. Long advocates for children. In 2014, she received a National Service Award from the Corporation for National Service and joined Presidents Bill Clinton and Obama at the White House to celebrate national community service. In 2015, she was accepted into the Harvard Macy’s Institute Leading Innovations in Health Care Cohort. For 2016, Dr. Long is the Girls Inc, Alameda STRONG awardee.

UACF Parent Breakfast Speaker List

Friday, May 13, 7:30 am

Preventing & Treating Early Childhood Trauma

Presenter: Jackie Frey LCSW, IFECMH, formerly With Monterey County Behavioral Health
Preventing & Treating Early Childhood Trauma—Monterey County’s Story

Jackie Frey, LCSW, IFECMH Mental Health Specialist & Reflective Practice Facilitator II

This presentation will discuss trauma and its effects on 0-5 year-old children. Presenter will discuss successful prevention & intervention strategies that have worked well with this very young population in Monterey County.

The presenter was a unit supervisor for Monterey County Behavioral Health’s Early Intervention Program for eleven years. She currently provides reflective supervision for First-5 Monterey County playgroup leaders.