CMHACY's 44th Annual Conference

Mental Health is Everyone's Business: Inclusive Conversations for Changing Times

Wednesday, May 15 - Friday, May 17, 2024

You Are Invited!

The California Mental Health Advocates for Children & Youth conference is the most recognized and longest-standing conference in the state of California focused upon the social, emotional and behavioral health of children, youth and their families. Our annual conference is one of the state’s most powerful events for those interested in advocating and promoting the policies, programs, and practices that enhance the well-being of vulnerable children, youth and families.

About this Year's Conference

The theme of the 44th annual CMHACY Conference is
Mental Health is Everyone’s Business: Inclusive Conversations for Changing Times

CMHACY is a unique opportunity for attendees from multiple perspectives and backgrounds to meaningfully connect with one another while participating in interactive conversations on topics relevant to the mental wellness of youth and families. We aim to hold space for youth, advocates, parents, policymakers, and providers to ensure that voice and choice remains foundational to the conversations around California’s changing healthcare system. We believe that all voices need to be heard, all stories need to be told, and that we all must work together to keep our finger on the pulse of California’s rapidly changing mental and behavioral healthcare landscape.

Sponsor the 2024 CMHACY Conference

Your sponsorship is crucial in funding the 2024 CMHACY annual conference. As our largest event - and only fundraiser - of the year, we always aim to make the table bigger with scholarships and aid for as many youth and families to travel to and attend the conference as possible.

More information and our full Sponsorship Kit are available below. We look forward to partnering with you!


Note: Online sales are closed.

"Walk up" registrations are available starting on Wednesday, 5/15 with purchase available on Eventbrite via the link above.

The 2024 CMHACY room block is now FULL and Asilomar is completely sold out for the conference.

Apologies, but attendees will need to book offsite/make other arrangements.

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Click HERE for 2024 Workshop Guide

2024 Detailed Schedule (w/ times, locations)

Wednesday, May 15

1:00-4:00pm - Parent & Caregiver, Provider County, and Youth Focused Deep Dive Sessions (formerly known as PreCons) - all are included in registration costs and open to all attendees.

Deep Dive Session Flyer

5:00-6:30pm - Welcome Reception & Opening Keynote; presentation of Jim Preis Advocate of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Awards

Thursday, May 16

8:00am - General Session and Keynote; presentation of Innovative Program of the Year Award

10:30am - Workshop Session A

Noon - Lunch

1:30pm - Workshop Session B

3:30pm - Wellness Block - options include a Drum Circle, Yoga Session, Arts & Crafts Space, Youth-made Films Screening, and Therapeutic Healing Circle.

Friday, May 17

9:00am - Workshop Session C

11:00am - Closing Plenary Session and Keynote; presentation of Policy/Legislative Leadership Award

Noon - Conference ends