Got Mental Health…? Public Invited to Conferences Planned Statewide

May is Mental Health Month, and the Consumer, Family & Youth (CFY) Alliance is inviting the public to attend one of six conferences statewide. The theme for these events is “Got Mental Health? The Transformation Continues…” Conference dates and locations are:

  • May 23 Moloka‘i – Kulana ‘Oiwi, Kaunakakai
  • May 24 Kaua‘i – Kaua‘i Community College
  • May 25 Maui – Maui Community College
  • May 29 Honolulu – McKinley High School
  • May 30 Hilo – Chiefess Kapi‘olani Elementary School
  • May 31 Kona – West Hawai‘i Civic Center

Registration for all conferences begins at 8:30 a.m. The opening plenary is at 9:30 a.m., and all conferences end at 2 p.m. A nominal fee of $5 covers lunch and materials.

The conferences will provide consumers and their ‘ohana with educational opportunities that focus on mental health and wellness. Workshops may include: the Copeland Center Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP); Suicide Prevention; Behavioral Health Services in Medicaid; Trauma Informed Care; Social Security Insurance Updates, and more. An update of the CFY Alliance and news of a newly formed 501(c)(3) will be shared at lunchtime plenaries.

Deadline to register is May 15, 2012. For a registration form, call (808) 453-6618 or email CFYAlliance@gmail.com. To learn more about these conferences, contact Carol Medina by phone at (808) 453-6618 or e-mail: carol.medina@doh.hawaii.gov.

Funding for the conferences is provided by the Olmstead Grant, the State Council on Mental Health Block Grant, and the Mental Health Transformation State Incentive Grant number 6 U79 SMS57457-05 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The views expressed during the  conferences do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The CFY Alliance is an organization of adult and youth consumers, their families, communities, and programs that share information and come together with a sense of commonality on mental health issues, concerns, and policies to create a unified voice.

The Mental Health Transformation State Incentive Grant administered by the Hawai‘i State Department of Health supports the development and implementation of CFY meetings, conferences, and trainings to assure collaboration, share opportunities, and improve communication and coordination of activities for individuals living with mental illness.

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