CBHDA Wraps on Successful Policy Forum

On behalf of the County Behavioral Health Directors and the staff of the association, I would like to personally thank all those who attended CBHDA’s 2018 Behavioral Health Policy Forum in San Francisco on December 17th and 18th.

This conference brought together leaders in the Behavioral Health field, health care association leaders, political leaders, and behavioral health consumers from around California for an open dialogue to discuss the issues facing our state and nation, and to develop strategies to move forward key policy changes within the mental health and substance use fields.

The two-day conference was jam-packed with panel discussions on the most critical issues facing our state. We discussed policy challenges and potential solutions for many topics, including but not limited to homelessness, youth in foster care, youth mental health, harm reduction strategies, and criminal justice.

Well over 200 people joined us this year, and through Facebook live, this conference was able to expand that reach even further. At this moment more than 5000 people have viewed coverage on our conference, and that number continues to grow by the hour. These videos can be seen by visiting us here. Visit here for more information and follow here for future updates.

I would like to thank our sponsors one last time: Kaiser Permanente, California Health Care Foundation, California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions, Trilogy Network of Care, Jet Toe, PSynergy, Beacon Health Options, Crestwood Behavioral Health, the Born This Way Foundation, USC Price, California Council of Community Behavioral Health Agencies, Anxy, and Words to Deeds.

We also want to extend heartfelt gratitude to Senator Scott Wiener and the President and CEO of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, Rita Soronen, for delivering inspiring and thought-provoking keynotes for our attendees.

Our diverse and dynamic group of speakers and panelists provided in-depth insights as well as actionable and practical best practices to implement new and fresh legislative solutions for California. We plan to continue the conversations that started at this forum and to drive forward into 2019 determined to make California a nationwide standard for excellence in Behavioral Health treatment.

We look forward to seeing you all next year.


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Max Geide

Communication Specialist

Max GeideCBHDA