Conference logo by Matthew Budd, Delaware Valley High School, Pike County, PA

20th Children’s Interagency Conference
Monday, April 30 through Thursday, May 3, 2018
Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel
State College, PA

sponsored by
Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Bureau of Children’s Behavioral Health Services
PA System of Care Partners
PA Child Welfare Resource Center

Download the Brochure Here

Download the Complete Schedule Here (Recommend review of this schedule and make choices prior to clicking the registration link below)

General Registration for Community, Providers, Family, Youth - click here

Registration for Presenters - click here

Registration for exhibitor/sponsor - click here

Helpful Tips for Registration and FAQs for the Conference - click here

Family and Youth/Young Adult Scholarships Information and More - click here

Continuing Education Credits Information - click here

Conference Evaluation 

Session Evaluation for providing feedback, continuing education units, and attendance verification - click here 

Whole Conference Evaluation to be completed at the conclusion of your attendance at the conference -click here

About the Conference

The 20th Children’s Interagency Conference will bring together Pennsylvania’s Child and Adolescent Service System
Program (CASSP) and System of Care (SOC) partners providing behavioral health. The conference will provide an excellent
opportunity for providers, county administrators, youth, family members, practitioners, and educators to learn
about changing trends, promising and best practices, resources and various system of care activities across Pennsylvania.
The conference will also add a national perspective on a variety of issues including government, family peer, early childhood, youth leadership, and school-based mental health. We hope you can join us!

Welcome to the 20th Children’s Interagency Conference


We are pleased to bring back the Children’s Interagency Conference. 
The conference was a long-standing event in Pennsylvania that brought together a variety of stakeholders focused on children’s mental
health and promoted the work of our Child and Adolescent Service System Programs (CASSP) across the state. Now it has grown to
include our System of Care values and principles. It will provide an excellent opportunity for providers, county administrators,
youth, family members, practitioners, and our child-serving system partners to learn and share information such as changing trends,
promising and best practices, System of Care activities, and a variety of resources. The conference will also offer a national perspective
on issues including but not limited to government, family peer, early childhood, youth leadership, suicide prevention, and
school-based mental health. We hope you can join us in welcoming back this premier event! —Shannon Fagan, Director, Bureau of Children’s
Behavioral Health Services
The conference will feature content for youth and young adults; families and advocates; clinicians and supervisors; agency and
county planners; cross system partners, including education and those serving youth with autism; and early childhood practitioners.
Continuing Education Credits: CEUs are being sought for psychologists, licensed professional counselors, marriage, and family
counselors, licensed social workers, licensed clinical social workers, Act 48, certified peer specialists, and PQAS hours for early childhood

More than 120 proposals for 90-minute and three-hour workshops have been accepted. Below is a partial list of topics:
• Best Practices in Bullying Prevention
• Creating Supports for Transition-Age Youth Through a Provider, County, and Managed Care Partnership
• Intervening in Adolescent Substance Abuse: An Evidence-Based Model
• Introduction to Attachment-Based Family Therapy for Adolescents Who Are Suicidal and Depressed
• LGBTQI, Mental Health, and Creating a Safe Zone
• My LIFE MATTERS: Youth as Agents of Change
• The Linkage Between Value-Based Purchasing and Clinical Care Approaches
• Nurse-Family Partnerships and Moving Beyond Depression: An In-Home Collaborative Approach
• Open Table: A Model for Transformative Change on the Community Level
• Personalizing Care for Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder
• Preventing and Reducing Expulsion and Suspension in Early Childhood Settings: A Policy to Improve School Climate
• Repairing the Breach: The Impact of Family Therapy in Residential Treatment
• Supporting Early Childhood Mental Health Through Integrated Primary Care Services
• Youth Homelessness and Human Trafficking: Risk, Identification, and Intervention
• Youth MOVE Philadelphia: Ten Years of Crisis Intervention Training with the Philadelphia Police Academy
• Youth Suicide Risk Assessment and Brief Interventions

The poster session on Wednesday evening will feature more than 30 posters and highlight best practices and emerging research,
and feature submissions from community groups and Collaborative Eastern Region, Drexel University, Pennsylvania Infant
Mental Health Association, West Virginia University, University of Pittsburgh, and Widener University.

A special thank you to all the agencies and organizations that are supporting the conference by exhibiting or providing sponsorships and scholarships. We couldn’t do it without you!  Our Thanks!

Department of Human Services
Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
Bureau of Children’s Behavioral Health Services
Commonwealth Tower, 11th Floor
P. O. Box 2675
Harrisburg, PA 17105

Registration and Lodging Information

Conference Registration Costs:

  • Early registration for the entire conference: $300; after March 30: $325.
  • Single day, Monday and Thursday: $75; late registration is $100.
  • Single day: Tuesday and Wednesday: $150; late registration is $175.

Parent and youth/young adult scholarships are available to help with registration and lodging costs. Parents, youth, and young
adults are encouraged to contact their counties for scholarship assistance. For more information about scholarships, please email

Conference Schedule and Registration:
Information about the full conference schedule and registration is available at
There are three links for registration: 1) all conference attendees; 2) exhibitors and sponsors, and 3) workshop and poster session
presenters. Regular conference-goers, including family members and youth, should use the first link.


Lodging at the Penn Stater can be booked online at, or call 800-233-7505. The group code is CASP18B.
The room rate is $119. The address is The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center, 215 Innovation Blvd. State College, PA 16803.
A block of additional rooms has been reserved at the Hilton Garden Inn and at Toftrees Golf Resort.

The Hilton Garden Inn is located
at 1221 E. College Ave, State College, PA 16801.

Online booking is available at (click on more options to
add the group code) or call 814-272-1221. The group code is SOC.

The Toftrees Golf Resort is located at One Country Club Lane,
State College, PA, 16803. Online booking is available at or call 866-238-4218. The group code is SOC
The conference blocks of rooms will be released on March 29.

Conference Mobile App: The conference will use a mobile app for alerts, announcements, workshops, handouts, and other details
before and during the conference. Conference registrants will receive an email with information about downloading the app.
Questions? Email

This conference is a state-wide event to focus on ways to address the behavioral health needs of children, youth, young adults and their families.  It brings together professionals from the child-serving systems of behavioral health, education, juvenile justice, children and youth, drug and alcohol, early intervention and developmental disabilities as well as youth and families who receive behavioral health services.  The aim is to share information and build connections to provide better integrated and responsive care.


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