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MHSA Forum

MHSA Forums will showcase the MHSA Projects to encourage statewide project replication and the adoption of best practices and service approaches for consumers with mental illness. Forums will also provide a mechanism for effective system-wide collaboration.              

  • FY 2013-2014 Conferences: ~Unlocking the Secrets to Success II : Highlighting Collaborative Service Delivery for Adults with Developmental Disabilities & Mental Health Needs
  • FY 2012-2013 Conferences: ~Unlocking the Secrets to Success: Providing Innovative Services to Children with Developmental Disabilities & Mental Health Needs.
  • FY 2011-2012 Conferences: ~Putting the Puzzle Together: Collaboration in Services to Special Needs Youth in the Juvenile Justice System (Juvenile)
  • FY 2011-2012 Conferences: ~Putting the Puzzle Together: Collaboration in Services to Special Needs Individuals in the Justice System (Adult)

Unlocking the Secrets to Success: Providing Innovative Services to Children with Developmental Disabilities & Mental Health Needs
Conference Booklet 
Held: April 29, 2014
Description: The conference showcased current MHSA projects in order to encourage statewide replication of collaborative agency relationships, interventions, and best practices for serving adults with developmental disabilities and mental health needs.  Agencies providing direct service to this population were also featured. 
Speakers:
Al Rowlett, M.B.A., L.C.S.W., C.P.R.P., Turning Point Community Programs
Stephen Mouton, Psy.D., M.B.A, San Gabriel/Pomona Regional Center
Irma Castaneda, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.  Los Angeles County Mental Health
Phil Bonnet, Alta California Regional Center
David Rydquist – Alta California Regional Center
Matthew Omelagah, MSW, ACSW – Omelagah Inc.
Nora Perez-Givens – San Gabriel/ Pomona Regional Center
Lourdes Caracoza, Alma Family Services
Alicia Bazzano,M.D., PhD. Westside Regional Center & Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
Erica Shuster, Westside Regional Center
Steve Westemeier, CBEM, LLC
Sherri Kimbell, M.A., CBEM  LLC
Beau Duvall, M.A., CBEM LLC
Brea Aguas, M.A., CBEM LLC
Steve Polivka, CBEM LLC
John de Miranda, Ed. M., L.A.A.D.C., Alta California Regional Center – Consultant
John W. Decker, MSW, Alta California Regional Center

Unlocking the Secrets to Success: Providing Innovative Services to Children with Developmental Disabilities & Mental Health Needs 
Conference Booklet
Held:  June 18, 2013
Description:  The goal of this conference was to provide an opportunity to learn about innovative treatment & service models relative to children with developmental disabilities & mental health needs. This conference showcased current Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Projects with the goal of encouraging statewide project replication and the adoption of best practices and service approaches. This conference also provided a mechanism for system-wide collaboration.
Speakers:
Lori Banales, M.A. Alta California Regional Center
Janice Battaglia, Santa Clara County Office of Education
Alicia Bazzano,M.D., PhD. Westside Regional Center & Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
Phil Bonnet, Alta California Regional Center
Howard Doi, LMFT, San Andreas Regional Center 
Julie Kurtz, LMFT, WestEd
Steve Lohrer, Napa County Office of Education & Project Connect NBRC
Chris O’Brien, Pharm D BCPP (Keynote)
Aga Spatzier, MPH, Westside Regional Center & LA TAY Service Integration Project
Michele Rogers, Ph.D, Early Learning Institute
Sherri Terao, Ed.D., Santa Clara County Mental Health Department
Louis Vismara, M.D., Senior Member of Darrell Steinberg’s Office

Putting the Puzzle Together:  Collaboration in Services to Special Needs Individuals in the Justice System
Conference Booklet
Held:  June 12, 2012
Description:  The purpose of this conference was relative to the development of collaborative relationships across agencies that serve clients with multiple diagnoses (developmental disabilities, mental illness, & substance abuse) that end up in the justice system.  The focus was specifically to address how to develop across-agency collaboration, in an effort to better and most effectively serve these clients.  Multiple agencies (including county agencies) were invited from across all 10 counties that ACRC serves, to participate in this conference.
Speakers:
Ken Carabello, Liberty Healthcare Services (KEYNOTE)
Peggie Webb, San Diego Regional Center (KEYNOTE)
David Rydquist, Alta California Regional Center
Eileen Richey, Association of Regional Center Agencies
Jay Wanous, Sacramento County Probation
Kevin Patton, Sacramento County Police
Paul Hendricks, UC Davis Department of Psychiatry
Rachael Beutler, Sacramento County Alcohol and Drug Services
Rick Miller, Sacramento County District Attorney
Steve Lewis, Sacramento Public Defender
Uma K. Zykofsky, Sacramento County Behavioral Health

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