Conference Schedule

TUESDAY, February 11, 2020 (PRE-CONFERENCE)


7:30 am-3:00 pm


9:15-9:30 am

CEU/CE Orientation

TUESDAY MORNING SESSIONS (Executive Management Series and Group Home/STRTP Administrator CEUs

9:30-11:30 am

Developing Trauma Responders: A Youth-Centered approach to trauma reduction

9:30-11:30 am

Strategic Planning for Success in the Changing California Children’s Services Marketplace: Internal/ External Organization and Market Analysis

9:30-11:30 am

Implementing a Trauma-Informed System: Putting Training into Practice and Shifting Organizational Culture and Practice


9:30-10:30 am

Innovating Your Organization’s Future

10:45-11:45 am

Compensation and Benefits in a Tight Labor Market –Strategy to Tactics



1:00- 2:00 pm

OPTION 1: Wraparound Services and Adult Youth: Implementing Services for Youth 18 and Older

2:00- 3:00 pm

The State of Transitional Housing for Current & Former Foster Youth: Success, Challenges & Opportunities

1:00- 3:00 pm

OPTION 2: A Comprehensive Model for Training Your Workforce in Evidence-Based Practice for Youth Mental Health

1:00- 3:00 pm

OPTION 3: Strategic Planning for Success in the Changing California Children’s Services Marketplace: Operation Planning/System Supports and Portfolio Analysis/ Service Line Development

1:00- 3:00 pm

OPTION 4: Preparing the Medi-cal Fee-for-Service (FFS) SMHS Provision & Contracting: Budgeting, Rate Setting and Contract Negotiations


WEDNESDAY, February 12, 2020

7:30 am


7:30-8:30 am

Continental Breakfast

8:30-9:00 am

Welcome, Conference Overview and CEU Orientation

9:00-10:00 am

PLENARY: Tia Martinez, Principal, Forward Change Consulting Mapping the School To Prison Pipeline

10:00-10:30 am


10:30-11:30 am

PLENARY: Kimberley Johnson, Director, California Department of Social Services, Visioning the Future for Children, Youth and Families in California

11:30-11:45 am


11:45 am – 12:45 pm

WORKSHOP 1A: Trauma Informed & Culturally Responsive Leadership


WORKSHOP 2A: Making the Most of PSC-35 and CANS Assessments


WORKSHOP 3A: Disruption Preventions and Interventions: A Mission and Values Driven Model of Practice


WORKSHOP 4A: Improving Outcomes for LGBTQ+ Youth Involved in Child Welfare Systems

12:45 -1:45 pm

California Alliance Annual Membership Meeting, Installation of New Board Members, and Accreditation Recognition

2:00 -  3:00 pm

WORKSHOP 1B: The Do's and Don'ts about CDSS Fiscal Audits and Rates


WORKSHOP 2B :A Strengths Based Approach: Advocating for Children Impacted by Commercial and Sexual Exploitation


WORKSHOP 3B: Organizational Effectiveness in a Compliance Driven Universe-- Healing and Permanency for Youth through Agency Mindfulness

2:00 – 4:00 pm

WORKSHOP 4B Multidimensional Family Therapy (MDFT) for Adolescent Problem Behavior

3:15 – 4:15 pm

WORKSHOP 1C Community Care Licensing - Helping Providers Succeed Through Technical Assistance (TA)


WORKSHOP 2C: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders—Understanding Our Most  Challenging Clients


WORKSHOP 3C: Reducing Restraint and Seclusion

4:15 – 4:30 pm


4:30-5:30 pm

WORKSHOP 1D: Uniting Families: Raising our Voices 


WORKSHOP 2D: Understanding State Mental Health funding: A report on how funds have been distributed since 2011 Realignment


WORKSHOP 3D: Specialized Permanency Services for Youth in Group Homes and STRTPs


WORKSHOP 4D: To Be or Not to Be: Considerations for Group Homes and Transitions

5:45-7:00 pm

Wine and Water Tasting Event


THURSDAY, February 13, 2020

7:45 am


7:45-8:30 am

Continental Breakfast

8:30-9:30 am

PLENARY: Becky Margiotta, Principal/Owner, Billion Institute          Nine Prescriptions for How to Save the World Without Losing Yourself

9:30-10:00 am



WORKSHOP 1E: An Overview of MediCal Healthier California for All and its Potential Impact on Services for Youth


WORKSHOP 2E: Where is California with the Family First Prevention Services Act?


WORKSHOP 3E: How Implicit Bias Affects the Work We Do In Behavioral Health


WORKSHOP 4E: Three Power Tools for Boosting Organizational Creativity and Building a Culture of Innovation


Conference Adjourns

Thursday afternoon (1:00-5:15 pm)

Program Committee Meetings (California Alliance Members Only). Click on this LINK for the schedule.

FRIDAY, February 14, 2020

8:30 am-12:30 pm

Program Committee Meetings (California Alliance Members Only). Click on this LINK for the schedule.