CHCS Behavioral Health & Wellness Conference

October 20-21, 2017

Friday, October 20 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.
Saturday, October 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Registration begins at 8 a.m.

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

San Antonio Map and Driving Directions

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: This track offers holistic approaches to wellness for challenges with mental health and substance use disorders.
  • Caregiver/Family: This track offers caregivers and family members an opportunity to learn how to be a supportive person in a loved one’s struggle with mental health and/or substance use challenges while also taking care of themselves.
  • Consumer/Peer: These tracks are for individuals seeking services for mental health and/or substance use challenges, and are interested in learning more about community resources and self-advocacy.
  • Parents of Youth: This track is for parents wanting to learn more on how to help their youth (ages 12-17) who may be struggling with mental health and/or substance use challenges.
  • Youth: This track is for youth, ages 12 to 17, who are interested in learning more about mental health issues for themselves, a friend, or a family member.
  • Professional Development: This track is for mental health and counseling professionals seeking Continuing Education credit to maintain certification and meet licensure renewal requirements.
  • Legislative Roundtable: This track will give conference attendees the opportunity to speak with local legislators about current issues in mental health and substance use, and learn what local and state government is doing to help reduce the challenges associated with these disorders. This session will also help attendees learn how to contact their local representative and provide testimonies to aid in changes at the local and state level.
  • Health & Wellness Resource Fair: Open to all attendees seeking information on local resources in the field of mental health and/or substance use challenges. Over 40 local agencies are available to provide information on referrals and recommendations for services.

Online and phone registration CLOSED. Walk-in/same-day registration now available.  

Meet Pete Earley

Mr. Earley will present on Friday, October 20 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.