Agenda 2018

Special Session Registration

Certain special sessions within the 2018 Conference agenda require separate registration to attend.

Pre-Conference: Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Workgroup Meeting
Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at 8:30 AM – Noon

Pre-Conference: Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHC) Meeting
Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at 9:00 AM – Noon

Post-Conference: Peer Specialist and Family Partner Summit
Friday, June 22, 2018 at 12:30 – 4:30 PM

Attendance Guidelines

Dress code is business casual for all meetings and sessions.

Badges are required for entry to all meeting rooms, meal functions and exhibit hall.

All sessions are open to conference attendees on a first-come/first-serve basis. As soon as all chairs are occupied, the room monitor will close the session. Fire codes prohibit attendees from standing in aisles or against walls. We appreciate your cooperation.

Special Events

Center Party

The Center Party will be held on Thursday evening, June 21, 2018. Drop in for some snacks, refreshments and fun!

This informal event is casual dress and attendance – come and go as you please.

Frank M. Adams Award

Established in 1990, the Adams Award was created in honor of the late Frank M. Adams, a founding member of the Texas Council, and annually honors outstanding Individual, Community, and Media services. We will honor this year’s recipients of the Adams Award Thursday, June 21, 2018.

Agenda Overview

A digital version of the on-site brochure is available here.

Continuing Education for multiple disciplines will be provided for this event. Visit the Continuing Education page for more details.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

8:30 AM – Noon

Consortia Meetings

Medical Services (Post-Meeting 10:00 AM – Noon: Nursing)

Workgroup Meetings

Admin Session

MHFA (Register to attend)



Pre-Conference Session

Military Informed Care Training, Pt. 1

1:15 – 3:00 PM

General Sessions

Jason Kotecki – Featured Speaker

Thursday, June 21, 2018

8:30 AM – Noon

General Sessions

Michael Hingson – Featured Speaker

State and National Perspectives Panel

Poster Sessions – TBA

1:30 – 3:00 PM

Breakout Sessions
  1. Adolescent Relationship Violence
  2. Combined Crisis Services Session
    1. La Esperanza Respite Center: A Model of Effective Integrated Respite and Crisis Services
    2. Is Your Functional Analysis DYS-functional? (PPT)
  3. Cybersecurity: A Balancing Act (No slides available)
  4. Development and Implementation of an Early Intervention Program for Psychosis in North Texas
  5. HB 1486: The Future of Peer Support
  6. Priming the Next Generation: A Formal Leadership Curriculum
  7. Opioids: How Did We Get Here and What Do We Do Now? (PPT)

Trustee Room Session

Insight into the Texas Political Landscape (No slides available)

3:30 – 5:00 PM

Breakout Sessions
  1. Cross-functional Collaboration is Integral to Successful Change Management (PDF)
  2. Education and Research Demystified for Community Centers
  3. Managed Care Panel: How We Got to “Yes” on Alternative Payment Models (PPT)
  4. Medication Assisted Treatment for Substance Use Disorders (PPT)
  5. Neglect, Abuse and Exploitation of Individuals with IDD: Identification, Issues and Mandated Reporting
  6. No Greater Burden/Gift
  7. Toddlers and Autism: Shifting the Paradigm in Early Childhood Intervention
  8. Trauma-Informed Care: Why It Matters, Challenges of Culture Change, and Where to Go Next (PPT)
Trustee Room Session

State Budget Update (PPT)

Friday, June 22, 2018

10:30 AM – Noon

Breakout Sessions
  1. Analytical Approaches to Transform Collaborative Care Using CANS/ANSA (PPT)
  2. Applying Ethical Principles to Challenging Circumstances
  3. Coffee, Tea and Books (PPT)
  4. Combined Peer Services Session
    1. Effective Incorporation of Peers into Integrated Behavioral Health Services (PPT)
    2. Peer Supporters: Walking the Tightrope Between Forming Relationships and Practicing Healthy Boundaries (PPT)
  5. Using Parent Cafes to Empower Families Living in Homeless Shelters with Young Children
  6. Listening: What Do You Hear?
  7. Impact of Successful Police Department Engagement
  8. First Episode Psychosis Panel (PPT)
Trustee Room Session

Conflict Resolution and Communication Skills for Leaders (PPT)

12:30 – 4:30 PM

Post-Conference: Peer and Family Partner Summit

Free to Attend with Registration

Discussion theme and details to be announced.

If you have questions, contact Janet Paleo at