This year’s conference will be kicked off by two pioneers in the state and national Family Movement with a Keynote Address featuring Barbara Huff, founder of the National Federation for Families for Children’s Mental and Michigan’s own Gail Lanphear whose life’s work was dedicated to providing help and hope to families raising children and youth with mental health challenges in our state and building and supporting strong parent/ professional partnerships at all levels in children’s mental health.
The keynote session will be followed by a Panel of leaders in children’s mental health including Lindsay McLaughlin, Director of the Bureau of Children’s Coordinated Health Policy and Supports at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services; Robert Sheehan, Executive Director of the Community Mental Health Association of Michigan and family and youth leaders from across our state.
Other Highlights Include:
Stop the Stigma presented by YAC the ACMH Statewide Youth Advisory Committee who will highlight their Stop the Stigma campaign, aimed at addressing the growing epidemic of youth and young adult suicides. Sharing their lived experience, insight and perspectives on issues that youth and young adults with mental health challenges face and shine a light on what we can all do to reduce stigma, promote mental health, and prevent suicides.
Better Together where members of PAC the Statewide Parent Advisory Committee will share information about creating Authentic Parent/Provider Partnerships.
Reimagining Youth Mental Health – A Global Perspective where participants will have the opportunity to hear highlights from the 6th Annual International Conference on Youth Mental Health held this fall in Copenhagen and join the global conversation about reimagining youth mental health!
Us vs. Them: Trauma-Informed Partnerships, Practice & Hope where participants will have the opportunity to identify and explore the “us vs. them” mentality that pervades advocacy circles within children’s mental health care in schools, mental health care and community resources to help them embrace a trauma-informed approach to community partnerships and personal intuitive practices that foster collaboration and create hope for families.
How Family Driven, Youth Guided Can Help Build a Better System with Justin Tate, MDHHS and Jane Shank, ACMH who will share a brief overview of Family Driven, Youth Guided philosophy and approaches and use that framework to discuss how partnering with families with lived experience to create and change policies at all system levels improves how services are provided and creates culture change within agencies and systems.
In addition, partners from MDHHS will provide informational sessions including:
Introduction to the MichiCANS: Michigan’s Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths Tool with Kimberly Batsche-McKenzie, Director Division of Program and Grant Development and Quality Monitoring, Bureau of Children’s Coordinated Health Policy and Supports, MDHHS and Lisa Collins, Manager Access, Workforce Development, and Education Section Bureau of Children’s Coordinated Health Policy and Supports MDHHS.
Wraparound: A family-driven, youth-guided approach to improving partnership with Heather Valentiny, Statewide Wraparound Coordinator, MDHHS, Bureau of Children’s Coordinated Health Policy and Supports.
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The ACMH Annual Conference was designed as a venue for youth, young adults, parents, families, providers, policy and decision makers to come together and learn alongside one another sharing information and expertise and working together to shape children’s mental health services, supports systems and policies creating a mental health system that works for Michigan youth and families. So time will also be set aside for participants to network, discuss issues important to them and most importantly share their ideas about actions needed to create solutions and improve mental health services and supports in Michigan.