The 2019 Texas System of Care (TxSOC) & Community Resource Coordination Groups (CRCG) Conference, “Mission Possible: All Systems Go!,” was an interagency conference for youth, family members, state leaders, child-serving providers, and community leaders to hear from experts, network with other leaders, and gain information about best practices for coordinating systems and services for young people with significant mental health and/or cross-agency needs. Conference planning partners included the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC), Community Resource Coordination Groups (CRCG), the Texas Institute for Excellence in Mental Health (TIEMH) at the University of Texas at Austin, the Texas Family Voice Network, ACCEPT, and TxSOC communities statewide.
TxSOC is led by HHSC in collaboration with TIEMH, and is funded by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The TxSOC initiative aims to improve mental health outcomes for children, youth, and their families by implementing the system of care framework at the state and local levels.
Conference presentations are available for download!
Keynote addresses were provided by Elizabeth Manley, clinical instructor for health and behavioral health policy at the Institute for Innovation and Implementation at the University of Maryland, and Tonier Cain-Muldrow, CEO and founder of Tonier Cain, International and former team leader for the National Center for Trauma-Informed Care. System of care speakers and presenters from around the country with expertise in building effective and sustainable systems of care offered workshops organized in four tracks:
- Creation & Innovation
- Gaps & Barriers
The conference also featured youth and family member panels discussing what is essential to meaningful youth and family leadership in systems of care and creating youth and family-driven systems, as well as dedicated panels on emphasizing cultural and linguistic competence and community development.
Collaborative and Proactive Solutions (CPS), the free pre-conference training, featured an introduction to the basic themes of the trauma-informed model of care originated by Dr. Ross Greene. The CPS model provides a compassionate understanding of kids’ behavioral challenges and a non-adversarial, effective approach for reducing challenging behavior, improving communication, and repairing relationships. This model has been implemented in schools, inpatient units, residential facilities, treatment programs, and juvenile detention facilities.
The TxSOC and CRCG team was honored to be joined by Texas’ system of care champions and new community leaders at the conference!
Read the full event recap in our blog.