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 LGBT 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.
WORKSHOPS (Sessions 1 and 2)
All workshops are offered during both sessions. Participants will be asked to attend a workshop during Session 1 on an issue that is new to them, and a workshop during Session 2 on an issue in which you are currently engaged. Workshops subject to change and speakers to be announced.
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.
Prioritizing Language Access/CLAS:
Learn strategies and best practices for language access, as well as implementing the National Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services Standards (CLAS).
Building Models for Healing (Violence/Trauma):
Hear from local advocates about the impact of trauma on young people and how communities are building models for healing.
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.
Thank you to our sponsors for their generous support:
- California Department of Public Health, Office of Health Equity
- Proposition 63, the Mental Health Services Act
Interested in sponsoring the conference? Stay tuned for sponsorship opportunities!
$25.00 Regular registration
Can't afford to pay the registration fee? Please complete the fee waiver section and we will get back to you in 5-7 business days.
- State/Federal Governement Rate: $173 + tax
- Regular Rate: $289 + tax
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