Benchmarks' Partnering for Excellence Conference
August 17 through 18, 2017
Benchmarks' Partnering for Excellence (PFE) redesigns the local child welfare/behavioral health system, changing the way DSS, LME-MCOs, local providers and the wider community understand the need for accessible, appropriate mental health services for children, youth and families who have experienced potentially traumatic events. PFE bridges the cultural and financial divides between the DSS and LME/MCO by aligning processes around a common clinical assessment and shared responsibility around treatment decisions and outcomes management.

At this conference, you will:
  • Learn how the pathway has been implemented and how this has led to an increase in resiliency efforts by community agencies;
  • Discover outcomes from our Rowan Department of Social Services & Cardinal Innovations partnership;
  • Understand the long-term impact of trauma on children;
  • Interact with others in your own system to determine trauma responsive approaches;
  • Interact with colleagues in your local area who are also working to create a trauma informed response.
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Statesville Civic Center
300 S Center St, Statesville, NC 28677
Thursday, August 17, 2017
and Friday, August 18, 2017
Event price is $140 per person.
During the registration process, you will select your breakout session.   Download session descriptions here.
Need a hotel room?
Benchmarks has reserved a block of rooms:
Hampton Inn
1508 Cinema Drive, Statesville, NC  28625
Room block expires July 28, 2017 and rooms are limited.
Key-Note Speakers

Tonier Cain

One thing you can call Tonier Cain: COMMITTED. During her 19-year commitment to crack cocaine she racked up 83 arrests with 66 convictions, lost custody of four children, and, when she wasn't locked up, she slept on a concrete slab under a bridge. Most friends, family and professionals she encountered thought she was a lost cause.
Determined to maintain custody of her fifth living child, Cain made a commitment to the judge that she would do the right thing if he would send her to a substance abuse program to get treatment for her addiction. He did and she did.
Since exiting T.A.M.A.R.'s Children (Trauma, Addiction, Mental Health, and Recovery) in 2005,  the woman once so damaged and traumatized she prostituted herself for drugs, has become a nationally recognized inspirational speaker and trauma care expert that has traveled to every state, including Alaska and Hawaii, to train mental health professionals on how to better serve people like her. Cain travels to prisons committed to uplifting and inspiring inmates stuck in a debilitating cycle of despair caused by trauma. She has testified before Congress, lectured at Yale University and delivered a keynote speech at the United Nations.  Tonier Cain defied the odds. Read more about Tonier Cain Here.

Dawn O'Malley

Dawn O'Malley, Psy.D. is the Clinical Director of Alexander Youth Network in Charlotte, NC.  Alexander Youth Network is the largest non-profit provider of mental health services to children in North Carolina.   She was raised in Concord, MA and received her undergraduate education at Bates College in Lewiston, ME.  She received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Widener University in 1995.  She is a Licensed Psychologist in the state of North Carolina.
Dr. O'Malley has over 20 years of experience working with traumatized children and their families.  She has lead the implementation of trauma informed therapies for multiple agencies specializing in residential and community based treatment.  She has also developed residential programming for sexually aggressive youth and adolescent girls.  Dr. O'Malley is a frequent collaborator with additional public agencies including children's advocacy groups and social services
Dr. O'Malley is a Fellow of the Child Trauma Academy, a non-profit organization dedicated to researching and training on the effects of adverse experiences on the developing brain.    Dr. Bruce Perry is the Founder and Senior Fellow of the Child Trauma Academy.  Dr. Perry is internationally recognized as an expert in the fields of neurodevelopment and the impact of trauma on children.  After consulting with Dr. O'Malley through Alexander Youth Network, Dr. Perry nominated her for Fellowship. 

Cissy White

Christine Cissy is  a writer, adoptive mother, health activist and manages the Parenting with ACEs Group on ACEs Connection where she also works as a Community Facilitator for the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast Region.

She believes stories are important as statistics are equally important when inspiring and shaping person and social change. She founded Heal Write Now in 2014 hoping to create the survivor-led community she craved her whole life. She was published in The Boston Globe, Spirituality and Health, Ms. Magazine, To Write Love on Her Arms and the Elephant Journal. She's led Parenting with PTSD workshops for trauma survivors and treatment providers.  Her survivor-led advocacy has been written about in the Atlantic, Huffington Post, and The Mighty. She believes trauma-informed programs and polices must be informed by trauma survivors. 

Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina  is sponsoring 
a special screening of the film Resilience, an exploration into the developments of medical studies where conditions like heart disease can be linked to childhood experiences. Watch film trailer here.  
The screening begins at 6:30 pm on Thursday, August 17th.  

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Benchmarks is a non-profit association of provider agencies advocating for quality and accountability among human service providers so that North Carolina's children, adults and families can realize their full potential, contribute to their communities and live healthy lives.
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