California Behavioral Health Policy Forum

The 2016 California Behavioral Health Policy Forum (February 17th – 19th) is focused on top current issues relevant to California counties, community-based organizations and consumers and family members. The Forum will highlight best practices that address these current issues.

Our opening keynote will be presented by Dr. H. Westley Clark, former Director of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, SAMHSA. Highlights from our panels include: Dr. Peter Banys from the University of California, San Francisco, will focus on the issues and best practices related to an important CA issue – marijuana legalization. Best practices for helping youth transition to independence will be presented  by experts who work with college campuses. Los Angeles county will address the role of peers in going from crisis to independence. Pamela Cohen who is a staff attorney from Disability Rights of CA will describe the rights of individuals with behavioral health conditions in obtaining housing. LA County will offer a toolkit that describes the law and practical strategies for siting housing.

On day two, Dr. Judith Martin from the San Francisco Department of Public Health, along with Dr. Mark Stanford, who is a Clinical Consultant from Stanford University Medicine Department of Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine, will present on best practices for providing effective care for individuals with co-occurring disorders moving from detox to recovery. Calaveras County presents its successful model of partnership and developing crisis capacity and alternatives.

Perspectives from consumers and family members are featured throughout the policy forum.

Video from The Role of Peers: From Crisis to Independence Panel (Thursday, February 18th, 2016, 1:45 PM – 3:00 PM)

This video features a model of Peer Respite Programming in Los Angeles County.


Review full program and handouts.