CHCS Behavioral Health & Wellness Conference

October 21-21, 2017

The Norris Conference Center (Park North)
618 NW Loop 410 (Loop 410/San Pedro)

This 2-day conference for families, consumers, and caregivers features educational workshops about mental health topics/resources and a health/wellness resource fair.

Workshop tracks include:

  • Wellness
  • Caregiver/Family
  • Consumer/Peer
  • Parents of Youth
  • Youth
  • Legislative Roundtable

Meet Pete Earley

Mr. Earley will present on Friday, October 21 during the Keynote Luncheon and Awards Ceremony.

Pete Earley

Pete Earley


In a Washingtonian Magazine cover story entitled, Top Journalists: Washington’s Media Elite, Pete Earley was described as one of a handful of journalists in America who “have the power to introduce new ideas and give them currency.”

He is best-known for his nonfiction book, CRAZY: A Father’s Search Through America’s Mental Health Madness, which was one of two finalists for the 2007 Pulitzer Prize.

His book chronicles his struggle to help his adult son after he develops a severe mental illness and is arrested. His son’s arrest prompted Earley to spend nine months inside the Miami Dade County jail where he followed persons with mental disorders through the criminal justice system to see what happened to them. His book has won awards from the American Psychiatric Association, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Mental Health America, and prompted CNN to name him one of nation’s top “Mental Wellness Warriors.”

A former Washington Post reporter, Earley has appeared five times before the U.S. Congress to testify about the need for mental health reform, has spoken in 48 states and addressed legislators in four foreign countries. He serves on the board of the Corporation for Supportive Housing, which finances projects to eliminate homelessness. The Chief Justice of the Va. Supreme Court appointed him to a task force that recommended changes to the state’s involuntary commitment laws after a horrific shooting on the campus of Virginia Tech University. He writes regularly for USA TODAY and the Washington Post about mental health issues and also posts a weekly blog at that often is cited by the media.

He is the author of eleven nonfiction books and five novels, including four New York Times bestsellers. His book Family of Spies: Inside the John Walker Spy Ring, was a five hour miniseries shown on CBS television. For his book, The Hot House: Life Inside Leavenworth Prison, Earley spent a full year as a reporter inside a maximum-security prison.

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