• About the Conference
  • Special Topics
  • Conference Sponsorship

About the Conference

Since 1988, Department of Child and Family Studies at the University of South Florida has been a leader in promoting the expansion of the research base essential to improved service systems for children and youth with mental health challenges and their families. Our first national conference, also initiated in 1988, was on system of care research primarily to enhance the capacity of the children’s mental health field to systematically study important issues. This conference has continued each year, bringing together more than 500 researchers, evaluators, policy-makers, administrators, parents, and advocates to share dialogue about important issues such as health, education and welfare, share new knowledge, and identify challenges that remain for the field.

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Special interest topics this year include:

  • Research on service and policy approaches to eliminating disparities
  • „„Approach to services and policies that promote interagency partnerships
  • Research on disproportionalities
  • Payment models and new opportunities for child behavioral health with Affordable Care Act
  • Best practices in engagement and enrollment strategies for expanded health insurance opportunities (expanded Medicaid/state health insurance exchanges) for uninsured, diverse racial ethnic populations
  • „„Role of behavioral health providers in health homes – and how this is connected with the system of care approach
  • „„Behavioral Health prevention strategies that can be implemented and evaluated at state and local levels
  • Psychotropic medication of children as it relates to behavioral health, child welfare, primary care, and schools
  • „„Accountability and outcome tracking in Child Welfare
  • „„Diverting youth from juvenile justice

Sponsorship & Exhibit Opportunities

Want to know a great way to showcase your organization and help support the continued focus on research and policy in children’s mental health? Participate as a Sponsor or with an Exhibit table at the 27th Annual Children’s Mental Health Research & Policy Conference.

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Conference Hotel

This year's conference will be held once again at the Hilton Tampa Downtown hotel. Ideally located next to the Tampa Convention Center, this downtown Tampa, Florida hotel is a short trolley ride from a wealth of popular attractions and entertainment opportunities. Shop for gifts at Channelside, marvel at the vast array of marine life at the Florida Aquarium and take in a memorable concert at Tampa Bay Times Forum.

For more information on registering for the conference hotel, click the link below.

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