MENTAL HEALTH CARE CONFERENCE 2021
This conference is a gathering of thought leaders, community advocates, and program participants/members intended to help increase the education and awareness of the changing landscape of the mental health community.
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Meet Your Moderator
Christopher Celio, Psy.D.
Director of Clinical Programs,Portia Bell Hume Behavioral Health and Training Center
Christopher Celio, PsyD is the Vice President of Clinical Programs at The Hume Center. Dr. Celio, who started working in the mental health field in 2001 and originally trained to be a Child Psychologist, found his calling when he joined The Hume Center as a Doctoral Intern in 2007. While this shifted his focus to serving adults diagnosed with serious mental illness, he brought with him an emphasis on the family and other systems that the consumer is a part of and a creative spirit that believes that healing and recovery can come through many surprising and outside-of-the-box pathways, beliefs, and persons. He has held many roles at Hume Center, including supervising in all of the programs and clinics and has been the Co-Chair of Development for ten years. He has helped Hume Center’s services in Contra Costa expand into prevention and early intervention services and full-service partnership services, including case management, peer and family services, and housing support services. He is currently working on a team at Hume Center developing their housing for their consumers.
After experiencing the positive impact of bringing in speakers from NAMI In Our Own Words, WREACH Speakers Bureau, Putnam Clubhouse, Rainbow Community Center, and RI International, he helped work to create or support events like Mental Wellness Night with the Sharks, Community Living Room Conversations, and the annual Hope Cup Softball Tournament and Annual Bowling Tournament. Dr. Celio was proud to be awarded the Hope Award by the SPIRIT Classes of 2017 and 2018, the Community Partnership Award by the Putnam Clubhouse in 2018, and the Committed Clinician Award by NAMI Contra Costa in 2019. He was honored to be chosen by Contra Costa Behavioral Health to moderate their first "Bust Stigma" event at Brenden Theatre for Recovery Month 2019, by Putnam Clubhouse to moderate their Reimagine Mental Health Care Conference in 2020 and 2021, and by TogetherWell to speak as a panelist during their "The Power of Support and Advocacy in Peer Mental Health" in 2021. He would like to remind everyone that "Hope has been proven to be contagious, so pass it on!"
Introduction - 9:30am
Jim Davis, Board President, The Contra Costa Clubhouses, Inc.
Tamara Hunter, Executive Director, The Contra Costa Clubhouses, Inc.
Paula Boyd, Member and Board Member, Putnam Clubhouse
Cameron Matthews, Program Director, Putnam Clubhouse
Protecting Our Investment: Advocating For Generational Change: 10am-11am
Jessica Cruz is the current CEO for the National Alliance on Mental Illness, California and has served in this role for over eleven years. Working with legislators, community members and government officials; she uses her passion to advocate for change in mental health legislations and systems across the state. Her desire to further NAMI California’s mission stems from lived experience of being a family member of someone with a mental illness.
Jessica received her Masters of Public Administration with an emphasis in Health Services from the University of San Francisco, where she focused her studies on policies in health care. Her undergraduate studies in Mass Communication from California State University of Sacramento gave her the institutional knowledge to enhance her career in the public sector.
Jessica Cruz, MPA/HS
CEO NAMI California
Clubhouses As Advocates: Lessons from the Care Responders Campaign: 11am-12pm
Mary Crowley, Senior Vice President, & Chief External Affairs Office, Fountain House
Bill Wasserman, Partner & President M & R
Christina Sparrock, Fountain House member
Is 911 the Answer When Someone is in a Mental Health Crisis? 11:30am-12:30pm
Addie Kitchen, grandmother to Steven Taylor
Matt Chang, brother to Errol Chang
Bella Quinto Collins, sister to Angelo Quinto
Jeffrey Arlt and Stacey Smith, father and mother to Sean Arlt
Learning Through the Lived Experiences of a Diverse Group of Young Adults: 12:30pm-1:30pm
Alfred Koo, NAMI Contra Costa County
Naomi Gashaw, NAMI Contra Costa County
Baylee Wechster, NAMI Contra Costa County
Mariela Acosta, NAMI Contra Costa County
Tristen Siebold, NAMI Contra Costa County
Real Lives: Real Recovery: Clubhouse Members Tell Their Stories of Resilience: 12:30pm-1:30pm
Jack Yatsko, Chief Operating Officer, Clubhouse International
Cindy Hamersma, Clubhuis de Waterheuvel, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Joshua Miller, Taiwha Fountain House, Republic of Korea (Video)
Oh Youngwha, Taiwha Fountain House, Republic of Korea (Video)
Steven Manning, The Carriage House, Indiana
Peer Support, Peer Workforce Expansion & SB 803 Implementation: 1:30pm-2:30pm
Anna Lubarov, PSS, ITE, Mental Health Consultant-Moderator
Tiffany K Elliott, Program Manager, Peer Empowerment Partnership California Association of Mental Health Peer-Run Organizations (CAMHPRO)
Janet Costa, SPIRIT Peer Co-Instructor, Community Support Worker II/Family Partner/Team Lead Officer for Consumer Empowerment/OCE
Jo Bruno, CMT, Peer Support Specialist, Founder of Delta Peers, Antioch #CupOfJoBruno
Keris Jän Myrick, M.B.A., M.S., Ph.D.c Policy Liaison, executive board member of the National Association of Peer Supporters
From Promise to Practice: Making Sense of Unprecedented Reforms in California’s Behavioral Health Landscape: 2:30pm-3:30pm
Alex Briscoe, Principal, California Children’s Trust, Children and Mental Health Care
The Remarkable Trieste Mental Health System: 2:30pm-3:30pm
Kerry Morrison, Founder & Project Manager, Heart Forward LA
VIDEO: Member Spotlight - Growing Into a Life of Independence: 3:30pm-4:30pm
Harrison Morgan, member of the Putnam Clubhouse
Susan Morgan, mother of Harrison Morgan
Eric Styles, Musician, member of the Putnam Clubhouse
David Bragen, Member of the Clubhouse