We’re pleased to announce the
System of Care Virtual Summit
Building Systems that Care
May 10-11, 2023
Call for Proposals Brief Summary
See below for summit topic areas, session types, and guidelines. Please submit your proposal by January 24, 2023, at 11:59 pm PDT. Prior to submitting a proposal, please carefully read the proposal guidelines.
We look forward to reviewing your proposal!
Overview of Summit
The National Center for Training and Technical Assistance on Child, Youth, and Family Mental Health (NTTAC) is pleased to announce a no-cost System of Care Summit (SOC Summit) on May 10 and 11, 2023.
The SOC Summit is an opportunity for all children’s mental health partners to reunite, renew, and re-energize their efforts to support children and young people with behavioral health needs, as well as their families.
Our virtual doors are open to anyone who is invested in the mental health and wellness of children, youth, and families.
Registration for the SOC Summit coming soon!
Overview of Theme: Better Together: Building Systems that Care
Across the nation, community-based organizations have come together to build a collaborative system rooted in helping families function better at home, in school, in their communities, and throughout life. Families, youth, and young adults have also been an integral part of constructing this ever-evolving system, making it better together.
Within this system, everyone has a role to play in supporting the well-being of children and families. Whether you work one-on-one with individual children, support multiple families, or design policies and programs that impact an entire state’s population, you can contribute to making a system that cares for all people—those we serve and those that serve.
Of course, no one person can be all things to all people. However, when we collaborate broadly and share expertise, new worlds become possible—our systems of care are made anew. The 2023 SOC Summit is a place for such collaboration. We hope you’ll join us and experience for yourself what it means to be Better Together: Building Systems that Care!
Call for Proposals Full Summary
Please read this section carefully before you begin work on your proposal.
Presenting at the SOC Summit provides an opportunity to build a long-lasting and far-reaching professional network. It’s also an opportunity to share approaches, ideas, and experiences that can make a positive impact on the lives of children, youth, young adults, and families across the nation.
We are excited to invite proposals for live and pre-recorded virtual sessions to be held on May 10-11, 2023. Proposals are enthusiastically welcomed from everyone with experience in
- implementing, evaluating, or sustaining a System of Care approach;
- addressing the mental health needs of children and their families, especially those with diverse cultural backgrounds and/or with lived experience
The summit will highlight best practices, successful collaborations and innovations, lessons learned, and solutions to challenges in these specific focus areas:
- Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in System of Care
- Cross-Sector Partnerships (Schools, Juvenile Justice, Child Welfare, Community Organizations, and Primary Care Settings)
- Youth Partnership in Practice, Evaluation, and Policy (youth engagement, leadership, shared power, governance structures, etc.)
- Family Partnership in Practice, Evaluation, and Policy (engagement, leadership, shared power, etc.)
- Emerging Topics
Don’t miss this opportunity to let your voice be heard! To learn more about each focus area, please carefully review the proposal guidelines. We welcome your submission.
The deadline for proposal submissions is January 24 at 11:59pm PDT. Proposal notifications will be delivered by February 24.
Ready to get started? Just follow these simple steps:
- Choose a session type. For a description and requirements for format, please see Session Type Descriptions
- Create a proposal. The proposal should clearly summarize what the audience will learn by attending the session. For a sneak peek at the proposal submission form, you may download or copy and share this template.
- Submit the proposal form. Please submit your form by January 24 at 11:59pm PDT. Submitters will be notified about decisions by February 24.
The information below outlines the conference theme, topics, session types, and guidelines. We ask that all presenters read it carefully before submitting a proposal. Download a template of the submission form. Any questions or inquiries regarding the Call for Proposals should be directed to NTTACinfo@cars-rp.org
Please note that your proposal will be carefully reviewed by a committee of youth, family members, and children’s mental health providers and advocate. Please refer to the proposal guideline document for more information on the rubric. We will make our best efforts to accommodate the session type you’ve selected for your proposal. However, your proposal may be accepted and recommended for any of the formats below.
Please send questions/comments to NTTACinfo@cars-rp.org and a member of our planning committee will respond as soon as possible.
- 10-minute Lightning Talk + Live Audience Chat
Short, pre-recorded videos that offer a quick and easy-to-digest overview of a story, case study, idea, or technique related to one of the summit focus areas. This format only includes a single presenter. Lightning talks will be available for on-demand viewing throughout the summit and streamed live at a specific time slot with simultaneous audience chat with the presenter. This format asks individuals to provide an overview of the topic using a visual aid (i.e., video snippet, presentation slides, website, or other resources) of their choice.
- 25-minute Presentation + 10-minute Q&A
Live presentations are delivered during the summit. These presentations are designed to help attendees develop new skills and/or deepen their understanding of a specific issue or topic, and they can include audience interaction (e.g., polling). Proposals should address how the session will engage participants, in addition to reserving at least 10 minutes for questions. This session type can include 1-2 presenters.
- 1-hour Presentation + 15-minute audience Q&A and interaction
Live presentations are delivered during the summit. These presentations are designed to help attendees develop new skills and/or deepen their understanding of a specific issue or topic, and they can include audience interaction (e.g., polling). Proposals should address how the session will engage participants, in addition to reserving at least 15 minutes for questions and active discussion. This session type can include 1-2 presenters. A moderator will be assigned to the presentation.
- 1-hour Panel Discussion + 15-minute audience Q&A and interaction
Panel discussions are intended to generate conversations and provide attendees with best practices, implementation strategies, evaluation techniques, policy information, lived experiences, and other key lessons learned from the field. These sessions should be interactive and engage attendees in an exchange of ideas or experiences. This session type should include 2-4 panelists. In the submission form, please submit the profile information for each panelist. A moderator will be assigned to the panel.
- Multi-Day Interactive Workshop
Workshops are designed for training (e.g., evidence-based practice training), teaching in-depth practices (e.g., training of the trainer), and helping participants develop actionable goals to solve complex challenges. These sessions should engage attendees in intensive discussions and activities on one or more of the summit focus areas. Cross-disciplinary presenters are highly encouraged to support the inclusion of various perspectives. Should this proposal type be selected, the presenters will work closely with the summit planning committee to determine the maximum number of attendees and to execute all details of the workshop.
Proposals will be reviewed and selected to ensure the Summit offers participants a comprehensive, innovative, and diverse program. Proposals that clearly meet all the listed criteria in the proposal guideline will receive the highest priority in the selection process.
Proposals MUST clearly identify the inclusion of diverse institutions and organizations, presenters, and/or perspectives. For the purposes of this selection process, the word “diverse” encompasses, but is not limited to, racial identities, ethnic identities, Indigenous peoples, languages, geographic locations, ages, people with disabilities, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and lived experiences of youth and families with mental health needs.
Note: You may be invited to present in formats other than the one you selected.
All proposals will be reviewed as anonymous submissions by at least three reviewers. All proposals will be rated for six criteria on a scale of 1 (Does not meet expectations) to 4 (Exceeds expectations).
We look forward to receiving your proposal! Best wishes!
– 2023 SOC Summit Planning Committee
Guidelines/Timelines for Submission
- Your proposal should highlight best practices, successful collaborations, innovations (successful OR in progress), lessons learned, or solutions to challenges in one of these specific focus areas:
- Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in System of Care – proposals that are submitted in this focus area should examine disparities or biases at the individual, organizational, or system level. Proposals should provide examples of effective strategies, tools, or practices that have been shown to reduce or eliminate disparities and improve mental health outcomes for under-served populations or communities. Proposals that showcase strategies for recruiting, retaining, and promoting a diverse workforce in any area of a system of care are also recommended.
- Cross-Sector Partnerships (Schools, Juvenile Justice, Child Welfare, Community Organizations, and Primary Care Settings) – proposals that are submitted in this focus area should uplift collaborative actions and strategies that governmental and/or community-based organizations have implemented to transform systems, policies, or services for youth, young adults, and their families. Proposals are encouraged to include presenters representing more than one system and must include examples of strategies or practice approaches that involve two or more sectors or agencies.
- Youth Partnership in Practice, Evaluation, and Policy – proposals that are submitted in this focus area should highlight actions and strategies that honor, amplify, and integrate youth voice and choice, into every aspect of the system of care, including its design, delivery, implementation, policy, evaluation, and sustainability. Topics of particular interest are those that address leadership, staffing supervision, promotion, shared power, equity, and governance. Proposals are strongly encouraged to include participation from youth or young adults with lived experience.
- Family Partnership in Practice, Evaluation, and Policy – proposals that are submitted in this focus area should highlight actions and strategies that honor
s, amplifies, and integrates family voice, and choice, into every aspect of the system of care, including its design, delivery, implementation, policy, evaluation, and sustainability. Topics of particular interest are those that address leadership, staffing supervision, promotion, shared power, equity, and governance. Proposals are strongly encouraged to include participation from families with lived experience.
- Emerging Topics – proposals that are submitted in this focus area should provide opportunities to learn from individuals and organizations about emerging trends or issues they are observing in their work. Topics may include, but are not limited to:
- New or innovative wellness strategies that improve clinical outcomes (e.g., using innovative community wellness practices to expand the service array, such as using poetry or drumming as a therapeutic service)
- Data trends with specific populations (e.g., increased rates of suicide among young black males)
- Policy strategies (e.g., successful implementation of 988; examples of system-level barriers that have been overcome; successful sustainability strategies for use of flex funds)
- Impact of technology on mental health (e.g., developmental considerations, innovative policy or practice approaches, trends in clinical symptoms in young children related to technology exposure)
- New or innovative strategies for cultivating and sustaining a diverse workforce
- Acceptance notifications will be sent by February 24.
- Proposal submission topics cannot be changed after the review and selection process.
- Please note, NTTAC reserves the right to revise proposal titles, descriptions, and objectives for style and clarity.
- Session Resources: Presenters will be required to upload their presentation and supporting materials and resources prior to the summit. If your proposal is selected, you will be provided with further instructions on uploading your materials.
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