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2019 Affiliate Pre-Conference Day

Affiliate Pre-Conference Day

Pre-Conference Day at our 2019 Annual Conference Dueling Diagnoses: Mental Health and Chronic Conditions in Children and Adults will be held on June 12, 2019, one-day prior to the MHA Annual Conference, at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. This year our focus will be on showcasing affiliate programs as MHA affiliates are the most diverse, innovative and successful at creating change in communities across the country. So, in 2019, we want you to hear from one another as a means of further supporting the development and continuation of your great programs.

Pre-Conference Day workshops will be designed for affiliates of all sizes, from the local information and referral hubs to larger entities with a range of programming. Our intention is to provide workshops that will be useful to all members of your staff, including newcomers to the more seasoned professionals. We will be highlighting the work of affiliates throughout our Network, focusing on successful programs, and on building and sustaining an active, growing, and strong presence on the state and local level.

Pre-Conference Day registration is automatically included for MHA affiliates that register for the full MHA Annual Conference. Simply remember to check yes for Affiliate Pre-Conference Day, when registering for the MHA Annual Conference. If you don’t know your affiliate registration code, contact MHA’s Valerie Sterns at

2019 Pre-Conference Agenda

Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Time Session

Pre-Conference Kick-Off Breakfast 

Paul Gionfriddo
MHA President and CEO
Tom Starling
MHA Board Chair
Luis Perez
MHA Affiliate Relations Committee
Valerie Sterns
MHA Chair
The President's Cabinet 

Tom Starling
MHA of the MidSouth
Lifelines: A Suicide Prevention Program, An Experience from MHA of Monmouth County-NJ

Susan Tellone
 HA of Monmouth County
Engaging the Voice of Lived Experience In Our Work

Shannah Mulvihill
MH Minnesota

Reaching Out B4Stage4: Developing Youth-Focused Programs That Support Mental Health Literacy and Stigma Reduction

Josefina Alvarez, PhD.
Peer Specialists: Working with the Co-Occurring and Addiction Recovery Community

Carolyn Beauchamp
MHA in New Jersey
Chrissy Schayer
MHA in New Jersey
Robert Kley
MHA in New Jersey
Patrick Hendry
Kelly Davis
Addressing Chronic Conditions and Serious Mental Illness; A Concurrent Approach

Mary Jones
MHA of South-Central Kansas

Early Intervention in Schools - Starting from Scratch, to Signature Program, Brand Identity to Cash Cow 

Ben Harrington
MHA of East Tennessee
Beyond the Memes: Building a Powerful Storytelling and Advocacy Program That Works

Suzi Craig
MH Connecticut
Janet Reynolds
MH Connecticut
Delegate Assembly

Tom Starling
MHA Board Chair
Reggie Williams
MHA Immediate Past Chair/Nominating Committee Chair
Paul Gionfriddo
MHA President and CEO
MHA Affiliate Exclusive Event (Venue TBD)