ABOUT THE CONFERENCE
Mental health and wellness is a critical issue for diverse communities, particularly in the current social and political climate. However, access to appropriate and effective services is limited for communities of color, limited English proficient communities, immigrants and refugees, and the LGBTQ community. This conference will provide an opportunity for advocates, providers, consumers, and other community partners to collaborate and develop strategies for change.
Learn about the development and recommendations of the California Reducing Disparities Project Strategic Plan
- Hear from local organizers and providers about best practices for community-defined programs and evaluations to serve diverse populations
Provide your input about opportunities and challenges for policy change
Strengthen the network of mental health advocates in California and develop an equity framework
Background on the California Reducing Disparities Project:
The Statewide Strategic Plan to Reduce Mental Health Disparities was drafted by CPEHN in collaboration with six partners in the California Reducing Disparities Project (CRDP), and funded by the Mental Health Services Act (Proposition 63). The CRDP is a groundbreaking prevention and early intervention effort to reduce mental health disparities in underserved populations. This Strategic Plan represents the voices of five Strategic Planning Workgroups - African American, Asian and Pacific Islander, Latino, Native American, and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer and Questioning (LGBTQ) – and numerous other communities in California. The Strategic Plan provides community driven direction to reduce disparities in racial, ethnic, and LGBTQ communities by identifying culturally and linguistically appropriate strategies to improve access, services, and outcomes and providing recommendations to the state for funding and evaluating culturally-rooted, community-defined, practices over a four-year pilot program.
First Lady Chirlane McCray will open the conference with a live televised keynote address from New York City. Ms. McCray is a powerful speaker and fierce advocate for mental health. As First Lady of New York City, Chirlane McCray created ThriveNYC, the most comprehensive mental health plan of any city or state in the nation and she is recognized nationally as a powerful champion for mental health reform.
Strategic Plan Presentation:
State Policy Perspectives Panel:
- Marina Castillo-Augusto, MS, California Department of Public Health
- Toby Ewing, Ph.D., Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission
- Jennifer Kent, Department of Health Care Services
- Debbie Innes-Gomberg, Ph.D., Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health [State Policy Perspectives Presentation]
WORKSHOPS (Sessions 1 and 2)
All workshops are offered during both sessions.
Building Effective County-Community Partnerships:
Learn best practices for engaging community partners in county stakeholder processes and building strong relationships between county agencies and community-based organizations.
What’s at Stake: Immigrant Mental Health:
Hear about the impact that current federal immigration policies and rhetoric are having on the mental health and well-being of immigrants and immigrant families, as well as recommendations for serving these communities.
Ensuring Access for All: Cultural, Linguistic, and LGBTQ Competency:
Learn strategies and best practices for cultural, linguistic, and LGBTQ competency, as well as implementing the National Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services Standards (CLAS).
Building Models for Healing:
Hear from local advocates about the impact of trauma on young people and how communities are building models for healing.
- Luis Angel
- Romero Davis, Sow A Seed Community Foundation
- Daniela Esquivel
- Nicholas Hatten, San Joaquin Pride Center
- Samuel A. Nunez, Fathers and Families of San Joaquin [Father's and Families Presentation]
- Amy Portello-Nelson, Reinvent South Stockton Coalition
- Gauri Sanchez, M.S., MFTI, Trauma Recovery Center Clinician
- Nathan Werth, Reinvent South Stockton Coalition
Moving Beyond the Classroom: Schools and Mental Health:
Hear promising examples of school-based mental health and substance use prevention and treatment programs, and discuss best practices for partnerships.
Beyond the Bars: Criminal Justice in California:
Learn what California is doing to reduce the mass incarceration of people of color and people living with behavioral health conditions, and provide your input on what needs to be done for real change.
- Ivette Alé, Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB) [There is No Such Thing as a Mental Health Jail]
- Katherine Elliott, Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission [Together We Can]
- Chief Eric Jones, Stockton Police Department
- Ashley Mills, M.S., Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission
- Diana Zuniga, Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, Whole Person Care [Whole Person Care]
After the conference, join us for a networking reception hosted by Each Mind Matters. This reception will feature experts in reaching California's Diverse Communities in a facilitated round-robin style format.
We would like to hank our conference sponsors for their generous support!
- California Health Care Foundation
- California Primary Care Association
- Each Mind Matters
- Kaiser Permanente of Northern California
- California Department of Public Health, Office of Health Equity
- Proposition 63, the Mental Health Services Act
We would like to thank our core funders for their ongoing support!
- Blue Shield of California
- The California Endowment
- The California Wellness Foundation
- Kaiser Permanente
$25.00 Regular registration
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