Join over 400 representatives from family peer support providers, family members, youth and professionals from the children’s behavioral health and other cross-system children’s services at this statewide event and stay abreast of the many challenges and opportunities facing children, youth and families as health and behavioral health services continues to move toward an integrated system of care. We encourage New York State Family Peer Support Providers, Youth Peer Advocates, Health Plans, Health Homes, and other service providers to attend and receive pertinent education & information on services, collaborations and practices in our children’s health and behavioral health system.

Tuesday, May 4 from 2:00-3:30pm
Pre-Conference Screening & Panel Discussion

Ernie & Joe: Crisis Cops 

Join us for a screening of the movie, Ernie & Joe: Crisis Cops and a panel discussion with Ernie and Joe and local officials. The goal will be to discuss the intersection of law enforcement and mental health crisis.

Wednesday, May 5 from 9:00-10:00am
Keynote Speaker

Ken Nwadike, Jr.

Ken Nwadike, Jr., peace activist, motivational speaker and video journalist known as the Free Hugs Guy online will present the Power of Positive Human Interaction and Ways to Bridge the Racial Divide. This keynote aims to create unity, civility, and build a more diverse and inclusive culture by the positive human interaction

Wednesday, May 5 from 2:00-3:00pm
Closing Plenary Speaker

Johnny Crowder

28-year-old suicide/abuse survivor, TEDx speaker, mental health and sobriety advocate and Founder & CEO of Cope Notes, Johnny Crowder will offer Daily Routines to Improve Overall Health. In this presentation, we’ll discuss how to identify healthy and unhealthy habits, how to foster a culture with the strength to overcome stigma, and how implementing simple, even unconventional, self-care practices into our daily routines can make a transformational impact on our mental and emotional health.

To view and share the Pre-Conference, Keynote and Closing Plenary speaker program, click here