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CBHA Mental Health First Aid Summit
St. Anne's Conference and Event Center
155 N. Occidental Blvd.
Los Angeles , CA 90026
Thursday, February 21, 2019, 8:00 AM PDT
Category: Member Events

The California Council of Community Behavioral Health Agencies is excited to announce the second Mental Health First Aid Summit for our state. Programming will be developed for those who are Mental Health First Aid Trainers, agency’s providing training, and policy makers. Join us for a day of inspiration, education, and information. Learn what’s going on at the Federal and State level. Be part of the conversation around mental health in California! We’ve kept the registration price low and lunch is included to encourage participation! Join us to help expand MHFA in California!

You’ll also have the opportunity to share your experience and network with others in this field during discussion roundtables.

CBHA is delighted to announce Kaiser Permanente is a platinum sponsor for the CA Mental Health First Aid Summit and will be supporting a day of inspiration, education, and information around mental health in California!


Registration cost is $25 for CBHA members and $50 for nonmembers (public). 

Lunch will be provided and is covered with the registration fee. Linked here is a list of hotels nearby. There is a $6 parking fee. Please note: The Summit will include valuable information on MHFA training, but is not a training. Share this  linked flyer (pdf version) to share with your networks!



CA Mental Health First Aid AGENDA

Program (not in particular order)

Updates from the National Council for Behavioral Health
Betsy Schwartz, Vice President for Public Education and Strategic Initiatives, National Council for Behavioral Health
Learn about National Council for Behavioral Health and Mental Health First Aid news and events. Hear about what is going on throughout our country, Mental Health First Aid successes, and new initiatives. Time will be given for interactive conversation, questions, answers, and feedback.


Reaching Our Youth: YMHFA Paloozas & More
This panel will review the strides made in delivering MHFA to youth, existing barriers and the various avenues used to reach youth. It will also include the strategies used and challenges faced in delivering Youth Mental Health First Aid to school staff. The presenters will discuss finding locations to host Youth Mental Health First Aid Training, best marketing approaches for school staff, feedback received from school personnel, and the challenges faced in school settings.

Monica Nepomuceno, MSW, Education Programs Consultant, Mental Health Services Program, California Department of Education

Hilva Chan, Education Programs Consultant, California Department of Education.

Ahmad Bahrami, MBA, Division Manager-Public Behavioral Health/Ethnic Services Manager, Fresno County Department of Behavioral Health


California Youth MHFA Legislative Update
Le Ondra Clark Harvey, Ph. D., Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs for CBHA, will provide an overview of the 2019 Policy Priorities for CBHA including two legislative proposals CBHA is sponsoring this year. Dr. Clark Harvey will discuss the partnership between CBHA, Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation, and the County Behavioral Health Directors Association. She will share about the steps these partners are taking to promote the first legislation in the history of California focused on providing YMHFA training within school settings.


Knocking Down Barriers to Bring MHFA to Diverse Populations
Tramaine EL Amin, Assistant Vice President, Strategic Partnerships, National Council for Behavioral Health
A Panel Presentation Moderated by Lorna Jones, CEO Bonita House
Presenters will share on training in diverse communities, creating partnership to reach audiences and using the Cultural Considerations guide. Audience members will be encouraged to share their experiences and questions to the summit as best practices and solutions are discussed.


Building a Network of Support in the Service Industry
Service industry leaders, including Sacramento chef and business owner, Patrick Mulvaney who has held MHFA training in response to recent increase in industry suicides, will talk on their recent efforts to address the unique mental health challenges faced by those in the service industry. California Chef Aims To Help Restaurant Workers Prevent Suicide (NPR). Hear more about these efforts during Chef Mulvaney’s presentation at the MHFA Summit!

Optimize Your Training, Outreach and Partnerships 
Gina Ehlert, M. Ed., National Mental Health First Aid Trainer of Instructors, GETrainingSolutions, will highlight training best practices and lead us into a conversation on how we can continue to expand MHFA in our communities.


Community Connections: Bringing MHFA to Diverse Populations
Lorna Jones, CEO, Bonita House – Moderator
Mercedes Coleman, Program Director, Community Ed Program, Crisis Support Services of Alameda County
Susana Sanchez, District Psychologist, Youth Mental Health First Aid Coordinator, CRT Case Manager
Pedro Arciniega, Riverside County Mental Health Division (tentative)
This session will highlight collaborative efforts for outreach in diverse communities, best practices, trainings in Spanish, using the Cultural Considerations Guidelines, and what they have found most helpful to engage new audiences. This session will wrap with a discussion on moving forward and working together for success.

Moving the Conversation Forward
Discussion on how California trainers, leaders and educators can continue to collaborate moving forward.

What is Mental Health First Aid?
Mental Health First Aid is a public education program that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health concerns, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common treatments.

Contact: [email protected] for more information.