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The Center for Health Care Services (CHCS) is proud to present the 16th Annual Bexar County Behavioral Health and Wellness Conference on August 12-13, 2016. Conference is FREE and open to the public.
Formerly known as the Bexar County Consumer and Family Support Conference, this year's conference theme "On the Road to Recovery" features consumers, family, youth, veterans, and jail diversion/crisis intervention workshops. For more details, see the Schedule of Events below.
Additionally, all conference attendees are invited to attend a FREE Health and Wellness Resource Fair.
Audience: Conference is FREE and open to all Bexar County residents interested in learning about mental illness, substance use disorders, general health and wellness, and local resources for children and adults.
Schedule of Events: Registration begins both days at 7:30 a.m. Registrants may choose to attend both days or single days.
Friday, August 12: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Workshop tracks will run concurrently. Each session is 50 minutes in length.
General Session: Conference Welcome from County, City, and Center Representative. Continental Breakfast provided.
Consumer Track: Mental Health Support Groups, Living Well/Managing Your Day, The Effect of Mood on Health Eating and Well-Being, the State of Chronic Disease in Bexar County and Public Health Nutrition Initiatives, Budgeting and Stretching Your Dollars: Obtaining Cost-Effective Psychiatric Medications, Ask a Doctor: Helping to Identify Your Triggers,
Family Track: Navigating the School System when Bullying/Cyberbullying Happens, Boundaries, Housing Alternatives: Preparing to Find the Right Place to Protect the Vulnerable Population, De-Escalation and Palns of Action: Empowering Consumer Families, Helping Your Teen Deal with Sucidial Thougths and Crisis as a Parent.
Youth Track: No Judgment Zone for Youth, Part I: LGBT Issues, No Judgment Zone for Youth, Part II: Non Suicidal Self-Harm - What Makes You Feel Better?, Let's Talk About It: What is a Healthy Relationship?, Bullying/Cyberbullying, Teen Suicide Prevention: When to Reach Out
Veterans Track: Military Veterans Peer Network, The Veteran's Battle Plan for Success: The Importance of Self-Care and Services Available, Helping Women Veterans Help Themselves, Center for Health Care Services Veterans Programs.
Jail Diversion/Crisis Intervention Track: SAPD Mental Health Unit/Crisis Intervention Team "Ask a Cop", Jail Diversion - Then and Now, Restoration Center Overview, The Officer's Perspective When Approaching a Crisis Response, Guidance in an Emergency: What to Bring, What to Do.
Health and Wellness Resource Fair information (Friday only): The fair will have health care agencies from across San Antonio providing helpful information and resources about their agencies.
Keynote Luncheon with Clark Flatt, President of The Jason Foundation, will present on "Youth Suicide - A Silent Epidemic." This presentation will focus on the impact of youth suicide both on a national and state level. How we as communities can help provide programs and resources aimed at reducing both suicide attempts and suicide will be presented. Immediately following the keynote presentation, there will be an Award Ceremony for Consumer, Family, and Corporate Mental Health advocates and The Wood Group Educational Scholarship Awardees.
Saturday, August 13: 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Workshop tracks will run concurrently. Each session is 50 minutes in length.
Veterans Testimonal Breakfast General Session. Continental Breakfast provided. During this general session, an MIA Ceremony will be performed by the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club, SMA Leon Van Autreve Chapter. Veteran Testimonals from Family Endeavors, American GI Forum, and The Center for Health Care Services Homeless Veterans Programs.
Consumer Track: Dance as Personal Medicine: Regaining/Enhancing Your Wellness, Mental Health Mobile Apps: Show and Tell.
Family Track: NAMI Family Support Groups, Aging Out: The Transition from Youth to Adult Services.
Youth Track: Youth Substance Abuse, Art Therapy: Mandala Making
Veterans Track: Operation Resilient Family, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD): The Aftermath of Trauma.
Legislative Luncheon featuring State Senator Jose Menendez, State Representative Diego Bernal, State Representative Rick Galindo, and State Representative Elect Diana Arevalo. Lunch is provided. Immediately following the luncheon, the Unicorn Steppers will perform to close the conference.
This event is free and open to the public.
Thank you to our Sponsors!
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Car: Self-parking is available in the Wyndham San Antonio Hotel parking lot for $3.25/hour; maximum $23.75.
Valet parking is available for $28.00/car.
There are several surface parking lots available near the hotel, prices may vary. Downtown Parking Map will show all available parking lots near the hotel.
Bus: See attached Downtown Transit Map for routes closest to the hotel.
Will childcare options be provided at the conference?
Unfortunately, we do not have childcare options available at the conference.
Can I get CEUs for attending this conference?
Unfortunately, we are not providing CEUs for the conference this year. We hope to have CEUs available at our conference next year.
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Please reach out to Conference Coordinator, Rachel Halvaksz, at email@example.com or 210-261-1012 if you have questions regarding the conference.
Can I update my registration information?
Yes, you can update your registration information until Monday, August 8th.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
No, we will have your registration information on file. Just let us know that you pre-registered for the event when you check in.
The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?
Yes, just let us know at the registration table that you are attending on behalf of the individual on the ticket.