Oct. 2-3, 2019
Redondo Beach, CA
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September 19, 2019
A Successful Legislative Session and a Tribute
to a Behavioral Health Legend

Greetings Colleagues!

The Month of September
This month is National Hispanic Heritage month. While Latinx populations have and continue to significantly contribute to the fabric of our nation, these communities are experiencing incredible trauma. As our nation grapples with the immigration crisis, it is important for to stay abreast of how decisions made at the federal level of government impact immigrant populations

Today, families are living in fear of being deported, and those who are arriving at our gates are being detained or turned away. In addition, federal actions are proving to further traumatize immigrant clients who are fearful of seeking behavioral health services. Specifically, the recent Public Charge Rule has deterred many from seeking treatment. Click here for a resource list which includes answers to commonly asked questions about the Public Charge Rule ( fact sheet , additional Q & A ).

September is also recognized as National Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month. Suicide is the second cause for death among school aged populations... continue reading
Portia Bell Hume Behavioral Health and Training Center (aka The Hume Center) founded in 1993 started as an Outpatient program serving the unserved population in Central Contra Costa County and quickly expanded its scope as a federally certified Community Mental Health Center (CMHC) which now offers 15 programs across five clinics providing comprehensive behavioral health services in Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, and Santa Clara counties.  Learn more!
Standard Registration Rate Extended Until Sept. 25!

Newly Confirmed Speaker!
We are excited to announce that Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas is confirmed to provide opening remarks at BHCalCon during the first session on Oct. 2nd. Mark Ridley-Thomas is a member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors for the 2nd District. He is also Co-Chair of the Governor’s new Task Force on Homelessness and Supportive Housing. He served as a California State Senator, representing the 26th district from 2006 to 2008 and was a California State Assemblyman representing the 48th district from 2002 until 2006.

NEW Panelists Added on the Intersection of Homelessness and Behavioral Health Session
Christine Miller , Ph.D., President & CEO, Mental Health America Los Angeles
Frank McAlpin , DSW, LMSW, Program Manager, Youth Center on Highland, Los Angeles LGBT Center
Sharon Rapport , Associate Director, The Corporation for Supportive Housing
Stan Rushing , Vice President, Hathaway-Sycamores

There's Something for Everyone at BHCalCon
We encourage you to consider sending your senior management, middle management, and staff members. Send anyone you believe will benefit from this conference. Check out our extensive list of workshops here!

Executive Seminars - Descriptions are now included in the updated agenda below!
We’ve partnered with OPEN MINDS and Qualifacts to present a series of Executive Seminars! The OPEN MINDS Executive Seminars are designed to help California behavioral health providers understand and gain the organizational competencies required to prepare for California’s Managed Care transition to value-based reimbursements.

Earn Continuing Education Credits
Earn CE's from Olivia Loewy & Associates in the following areas: LCSW, LMFT, LEP, and Addiction Professionals. APA approved CEs for Licensed Psychologist will be available pending approval.

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Kelly Pfeifer, MD
Newly Appointed Deputy Director of Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Services, DHCS
Monica E. Oss
Chief Executive Officer & Senior Associate
Chuck Ingoglia
President & CEO
National Council for Behavioral Health
Toby Ewing
Executive Director
Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission
Monica Nepomuceno
Education Programs Consultant
California Department of Education
Lisa Eisenberg, MPP, MSW
Policy Director
California School-Based Health Alliance
Eleanor Castillo Sumi, Ph.D., BCBA-D
VP, Research & Program Development, Uplift Family Services
Laura Wasco
Legislative Director & Advocate
Ball/Frost Group
Andrea Zimmerman
MHFA Trainer, Program Assistant
Wellness Together

Agenda Overview
October 1 (Members Pre-conference)
1:00 am - 4:00 pm - Members Only Policy Workshop
5:00 pm – CBHA Members Reception
October 2
8:00 am – 7:00 pm   Opening General Session , Workshops, and Welcome Reception
October 3
8:00 am - 3:45  General Session, Workshops and Closing Session
Save the Date!
Join us for the BHCalCon Welcome Reception at the Crowne Plaza Redondo Beach and Marina on Wednesday, October 2nd at 5:00 pm.
We are proud to be sponsoring this reception in support of BHCalCon 2019 and look forward to seeing all of you there!

Genoa Healthcare Telepsychiatry has 540 California licensed psychiatrists and nurse practitioners eager to work in community mental health. Our telepsychiatrists are working for multiple agencies across the state, including Turning Point Community Programs in Sacramento County.
Stop by Booth 1901 at the Expo Hall at CBHA's Behavioral Health Conference (BHCalCon) from October 2nd to 3rd and learn how telepsychiatry can help the patients you serve. 
Thank you to our following BHCalCon Sponsors!
Thank you to our following BHCalCon Exhibitors!
CBHA Business Associate Exhibitors
General Exhibitors
CBHDA and CIBHS Pay Tribute to Dr. Sandra Naylor Goodwin

Sacramento, CA– The California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions (CIBHS) and the County Behavioral Health Directors Association (CBHDA) today recognized Dr. Sandra Naylor Goodwin for her tireless work in shaping California’s behavioral health landscape. Dr. Goodwin passed away on September 8th, 2019... continue to read the press release here.
DHCS Information Notices
This Information Notice is to inform counties of the maximum prudent reserve level for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018-19. Per W&I Section 5847(b)(7), a County is required to establish and maintain a prudent reserve. W&I Code section 5892(b)(2) requires counties to maintain a prudent reserve that does not exceed 33 percent of the average community services and support (CSS) revenue received for the Local Mental Health Services Fund in the preceding five years, and to reassess and certify the maximum amount every five years. Click header to continue reading.
Council of Criminal Justice and Behavioral Health (CCJBH)
The Legislature provided CCJBH with on-going funding to award stakeholder contracts for the purpose of reducing justice-involvement (incarceration, recidivism, etc.) for individuals experiencing behavioral health challenges. Following the spirit of Mental Health Services Act funding, CCJBH will engage stakeholders and elicit input from diverse populations including consumers, family members, administrators, providers and other subject matter experts, especially those with lived experience, to provide their first-hand perspectives on how the funding could best serve its intended purposes. The cumulative results of the stakeholder engagement process will be documented in a report which will provide the direction for current and future funding opportunities.  
Locations and Dates:    Registration links have location details
If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at or (916) 691-5007.
Labor Department Releases More Information on Parity
Recently the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) released a series of documents designed to help stakeholders understand the parity provisions included in the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA), the 21st Century Cures Act, the SUPPORT for Patient and Communities Act, and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). The documents do not provide a new interpretation of those laws but do provide examples and illustrations of how the laws work. Here are the documents that were released:
  • FAQs about Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity Implementation and the 21st Century Cures Act.
  • Final MHPAEA Disclosure Template.
  • MHPAEA Enforcement Fact Sheet for FY 2018.  
  • Appendix to the MHPAEA Enforcement Fact Sheet for FY 2018. 
  • Introduction to the MHPAEA Enforcement Fact Sheet for FY 2018.
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  • Membership includes affiliate membership with the National Council for Behavioral Health and discounted rates at National Council events.
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  • Networking opportunities through our member reception and invite-only events during policy forums and advocacy days.
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