2022 Child, Adolescent and Transition Age Youth Mental Health Conference

///2022 Child, Adolescent and Transition Age Youth Mental Health Conference
2022 Child, Adolescent and Transition Age Youth Mental Health Conference 2022-06-24T14:30:03+00:00

Virtual Youth Mental Health Conference

America’s youth are having a mental health emergency. They are more fearful, they are feeling more hopeless, and it’s keeping them up at night. In 2020, the proportion of mental health-related emergency room visits for children ages 5-11 and 12-17 increased by 24% and 31%, respectively.  

Parents and teachers have taken notice. So have our nation’s leading experts. In 2021, the U.S. Surgeon General issued an Advisory on Protecting Youth Mental Health, and in the same year the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and the Children’s Hospital Association declared a national children’s mental health emergency. 

In order to turn the curve, we need big thinking and we need big action. NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania’s virtual Child, Adolescent, and Transition Age Youth Mental Health Conference on June 28 will educate participants on the most urgent challenges facing our youth and provide an action plan that will help transform caregivers, educators, mental health professionals, legislators, and community leaders into mental health changemakers. 

The conference is geared toward parents, caregivers, mental health professionals, educators, and students. The schedule includes a keynote speaker, panel discussion, workshops, virtual exhibitor resources, and Continuing Education Credits and Act 48 Credits will be available. 

Keynote Speakers  |  Workshop Sessions  |  Exhibitor Resources
Continuing Education and Act 48 Credits   

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Conference Agenda
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* Cancellations made prior to Monday, June 20, will be refunded. If requesting CEUs, a $30 administrative fee will be deducted from your refund. No refunds will be issued after Monday, June 20, 2022.

Attendees will receive access to all conference webinar recordings with registration. Recordings will be available for viewing for 30 days following the event and are accessible from the Agenda tab on the Event Website.

Continuing Education Credits 

Psychologists: UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education credits for psychologists. UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This program is being offered for 5 continuing education hours. 

Licensed/Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists (LSW/LCSW, LPC, LMFT): This program is offered for 5 hours of social work continuing education through co-sponsorship of the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Social Work, a Council on Social Work Education accredited school and, therefore, a Pennsylvania pre-approved provider of social work continuing education. These credit hours satisfy requirements for LSW/LCSW, LPC, and LMFT biennial license renewal.  

Mental Health Professionals: Nurses and other health care professionals are awarded 0.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). One CEU is equal to 10 contact hours. Nurses: For attending this program you will receive a Certificate of Attendance confirming 5 hours of continuing education. These hours may be considered eligible for completing the 30 hours of continuing education required for biannual nursing re-licensure in Pennsylvania. 

Peer Specialists: This program fulfills requirements for Certified Peer Specialists continuing education. 

ACT 48: Educators are awarded 6 credit hours for Act 48. Allegheny Intermediate Unit is recognized by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to offer continuing education credits under Act 48 guidelines. Allegheny Intermediate Unit adheres to the Act 48 Continuing Education Guidelines.

Conference Lineup

Keynote Presentation

Nation on Notice:  The Youth Mental Health Crisis

Dr. Ala Stanford, Region 3 Director, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services

In March of 2020, President Biden spoke to the nation and gave an unmistakable message to us all, addressing the behavioral health crisis is a matter of national importance, and it’s a matter that we can all unite behind irrespective of our political or philosophical beliefs. The truth of the matter is that our country faces an unprecedented mental health crisis among people of all ages, but especially among young people. One in 6 U.S. youth between the ages of 6–17 experience a mental health disorder each year and in Pennsylvania, 98,000 youth in the 12–17 age group have depression.  Of those young people, 57% have not received any care in the last year. And black and brown communities are disproportionately undertreated.

An inadequate mental health system affects individuals, families, and communities. The Biden-Harris Administration has announced efforts to combat mental illness and has outlined a strategy to address the crisis, including the problems facing our young people. In this presentation, Dr. Stanford will provide highlights of the administration’s plans and the impact they can have on Pennsylvania youth.

Panel Discussion

Answering the Cry for Help: The Role Adults Play in Addressing the Youth Mental Health Crisis

Moderator:  Charma D. Dudley, PhD, FPPR, Associate Director of Behavioral Health Service at Beacon Health Options


  • Christine M. Crawford, MD, MPH, Associate Medical Director, NAMI
  • Tami Benton, MD, Psychiatrist-in-Chief and Chair of Psychiatry at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)
  • Jim Sharp, Director, Children’s Division, RCPA
  • Dana Milakovic, PsyD, NCSP, Mental Wellness and Trauma Specialist, Office for Safe Schools, PA Department of Education, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education
  • Luna Plaza, Youth Mental Health Advocate

In 2021, emergency department visits in the United States for suspected suicide attempts were 51% higher for adolescent girls. In that same year, 54% of working parents reported seeking professional help for concerns related to their child’s emotional health and development or behavior. 

There is no shortage of statistics showing how severe this problem has become. But beyond the numbers, there are young people with personal stories. And there are families, educators, and mental health professionals who have seen firsthand the struggles that youth are having with their mental wellness and the impact it’s having on them at home and at school.

But loved ones and experts on the frontlines also know these challenges can be overcome. It’s not too late to take action. In order to turn the curve, we need a bold and comprehensive action plan that addresses awareness, prevention, and research, and reaches the many different youth populations that are each uniquely affected based on their background and experiences.

In this panel discussion, Answering the Cry for Help: The Role Adults Play in Addressing the Youth Mental Health Crisis, experts will outline what is working in the field and in schools, where we are falling short, and what all of us can do to stem the tide of rising mental health challenges in young people.

Virtual Marketing Opportunities

There are a number of virtual marketing opportunities available for companies and organizations to showcase their mission and resources at the 2022 Child, Adolescent, and Transition Age Youth Mental Health Conference. 

Sponsors can choose among six categories: Premier, Diamond, Silver, Bronze, Steel, or Supporter. Each option includes a listing in the online sponsor directory, logo on the virtual event website and in the virtual lobby, a virtual exhibitor’s booth, logo included in conference emails, acknowledgment on NAMI Keystone PA’s social media channels, and space in the virtual program.  

Become a Sponsor

Secure your virtual resource table today at this statewide event. The conference will include an expo page that showcases each exhibitor’s logo, mission, and resources. 

Exhibitor Information

The day-of conference program features a schedule of the day’s events, bios on the main presenters, and workshop descriptions. Placing an ad is an opportunity to highlight your company or organization, promote your book or research study, or spread the word about an important initiative. 

Place an Ad

For information on sponsoring, exhibiting, or placing an ad, contact Sara Levine Steinberg at slsteinberg@namikeystonepa.org. 

Conference Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Steel Sponsors

Supporter Sponsors

Prior Child and Adolescent Mental Health Conferences


Panchal N, Kamal R, Cox C, Garfield R, Chidambaram P. Mental Health and Substance Use Considerations Among Children During the COVID-19 Pandemic. 2021. Kaiser Family Foundation. 
Hopeful Futures Campaign (2022, February 15). America’s School Mental Health Report Card. https://hopefulfutures.us/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/Final_Master_021522.pdf