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ÂIndividual and Family Driven Care...

“The Road to Stronger Communities”

The 10th Annual

Bexar County Consumer and Family Support Conference
August 19-21, 2010 Crown Plaza Hotel
Welcome Message from the
Chairman of the Board,
Margaret M. Vera

It gives me great pleasure to welcome each and everyone one of you to the 10th Annual
Bexar County Consumer and Family Support Conference. This year’s conference prom-
ises to be bigger and better as we celebrate our 10th Anniversary of sponsoring this
exciting educational forum for consumers and their family members in our great Bexar
County community.

This year’s theme “Individual and Family Driven Care…The Road to Stronger Commu-
nities” helped steer all the activities you will enjoy at the conference. These past ten
years represent a decade of making a difference in the community through this medium
of education that we hope will help you become empowered in your road to wellness
and recovery.

From last year’s evaluations and suggestions, a major expansion of the conference,
will bring additional workshops that will address veterans and military families’ issues,
more faith-based initiatives, and innovative treatment programs for children in the jus-
tice system. It will also entertain you with a couple of plays written and performed by
consumers and delight you again with a delicious “Ice Cream Social”

This year’s conference promises to exceed last year’s participation. I am happy that we
can bring it to you free of charge featuring stellar keynote speakers and professional
presenters who will ensure the workshops are meaningful and beneficial to you. Make
time to stop by the video room to view work by consumers and other advocacy and
support groups.

The wide array of exhibitors will have excellent information for you. An excellent
“health fair” has also been planned with your needs in mind, so please make time to
stop by the exhibit and health fair areas and take advantage of the health screenings at
your convenience.

I want to congratulate the conference steering committee for their hard work and espe-
cially thank the consumers and family members that served and provided their input
and suggestions to this conference. I also want to thank all our consumers who pro-
vided the entertainment at the conference, ranging from singing and dancing to the
wonderful play, “ Cool Vibrations.”

On behalf of the Center for Health Care Services, its Board of Directors and its staff, we
welcome you to the 10th Annual Consumer and Family Conference! Enjoy the confer-

Margaret M. Vera
Chairman, Board of Trustees
Welcome Message from the
President and CEO,
The Center for Health Care Services,
Leon Evans

It is my distinct pleasure to welcome you to the 10th Annual Bexar County Consumer and
Family Support Conference hosted by the Center along with 17 other participating commu-
nity partners in Bexar County.

This year we are celebrating the 10th Anniversary of this successful conference and I hope
you enjoy the added features to help us celebrate this milestone. We have added entertain-
ment programs that will be provided by our very own consumers at various stages of the

I would like to extend my deepest appreciation to the Board of Trustees for their great en-
couragement and support of this conference and their great participation during the two
days of packed filled workshops and Awards Dinner.

I also invite everyone to visit our exhibit area for important information and the health fair
that will be providing a variety of health screenings.

I want to especially thank all the great presenters and keynote speakers who provided us
with excellent information so beneficial to our families; and doing it at no cost so that we
can bring this conference to you “free of charge.” Each workshop was planned with you in
mind and we welcome all of your comments and suggestions. We welcome all our military
families and veterans and ask for your comments so that we can incorporate them in next
year’s agenda.

The conference steering committee has worked diligently to bring about this outstanding
conference. We all believe that education and information are vital tools needed to help
families make informed decisions in their efforts to achieve a better quality of life.

Special thanks to our many volunteers and staff for taking time to assist by helping wher-
ever they are needed in support of the conference.

Don’t forget Friday’s ice cream social and performance by our very talented consumers and
consumer playwright, Nick Holstein.

I look forward to seeing all of you and I encourage you to turn in your workshop evaluations
so that we may be able to improve on next year’s conference. Those comments help our
steering committee guide the planning for next year’s workshops and overall have helped
us improve the quality of our event.

Our special gratitude to Methodist Healthcare for printing this year’s conference program.

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Bexar County
Consumer and Family
Support Conference

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Time Event Location
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Silent Auction Texas Ballroom

6:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. Social Hour Texas Ballroom

Performance by Miranda Mhoon

7:00 p.m.—7:15 p.m. Mistress of Ceremonies– Ms. Elsa Ramon Texas Ballroom
News Anchor, WOAI-TV Channel 4

Invocation by: Father Eddie Bernal, St. Benedicts

Performance by Ms. Abigail L. Silva

Performance by The Hinojosa Family

An Ike & Tina Turner Review in support of
Fight Against Domestic Violence

Dinner Served
7:15p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Texas Ballroom
Welcome: The Honorable Leticia Van de Putte
State Senator
Senate District 26

7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Awards Presentation Texas Ballroom

Family And Consumer Awards
Betty Fulenwider Media Awards
Community Champion Award
Research Awards
HEButt Award
Pinnacle Award

8:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Keynote Speaker Texas Ballroom

Mr. Peter Ashenden, National Advocate,
Director of Consumer Affairs– Optum Health

9:00 p. m.– 11:00 p.m. 10th Anniversary Starlight Celebration Dance Texas Ballroom
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Schedule at a Glance
Friday, August 20, 2010
8:00 a.m. – 3:30p.m. Registration Preconvene
Second Floor

7:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Exhibit Setup San Antonio Ballroom

Third Floor

7:30 a.m.—3:30 p.m. Community Outreach and Health Fair Executive Salon #2
Screening on glucose, cholesterol, vision and more. Third Floor
 Sponsored by Community Angels—Candi Bonner Cox
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast Texas
9:00 a.m.—10:00 a.m. Opening General Session Texas
 Posting of the Colors: San Antonio Police Department Ballroom

 National Anthem: Sung by Terri Mabrito, CHCS

 Invocation: Sam Williams Jr., Secretary CHCS Board
 Performance: Randolph Macias singing “Blessed”
 A Center Welcome : Margaret M. Vera, CHCS Board Chair
 A City Welcome: San Antonio Mayor, Julian Castro
 Opening Remarks: The Honorable Congressman Ciro
Rodriguez, 23rd Congressional District

Keynote Speaker: Antonio Wilson, Coordinator, Family

Involvement Center, Phoenix, Arizona

10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Break

10:15 a.m.— 12:00 p.m. “Ask the Doctor:Adult” Submit your questions on the provided forms and Executive Salon #5
Mental Health receive a face-to-face response from the doctors. Third Floor

 Camis Milam M.D., Cervando Martinez M.D., Irvin P. Brock III M.D.
 Catherine Hall, Pharm. D
10:15 a.m.— 11:00 a.m. Focusing on Wellness and Personal Medicine to Achieve Recovery Director’s Room #1
Mental Health
 Janet Paleo
Second Floor

 Anna H. Gray

10:15 a.m.— 11:00 a..m. Project Carino-A Specialized Female Intensive Outpatient Program Director’s Room #2

 Briseida Courtois, MSW, CHCS Unit Coordinator
Second Floor

10:15 a.m.— 11:00 a.m. Substance Abuse: Its Impact on the Community and Navigation of the Executive Salon #1
Substance Abuse Treatment System Third Floor
 The Restoration Center– Stephen Garrison, M.D. and Substance
Abuse Program Director, Kathryn Jones, LCDC
CEU’s  Mid-Coast Family Services—Joslyn Drzymalla, MA, NCC, LPC
10:15 a.m.— 11:00 a.m. Behind the Behaviors Beyond the Scars: A Look At Self Harm Executive Salon #4
Children, Mental Health Third Floor
 Kathy Cunningham, RN, CARN, Clarity Child Guidance Center
10:15 a.m.—11:00 a.m. The Individuals with Disabilities in Education Improvement Act: Executive Salon #3
Developmental Disabilities A Brief Overview Third Floor

 Chance Heinsohn, J.D. Advocacy Inc.

Schedule at a Glance
Friday, August 20, 2010 continued
11:15am-12:00pm What Do Veterans Need? Resources That Can Help Them? Executive
Veterans Salon # 1
Bill Sanburg-UHS Men’s Health, Craig Erickson– Bexar County
Veteran’s Office, Richard Wade– United Way Military Outreach

11:15 a.m.—12 noon The Role of Spirituality in Mental Health

Faith– Based Director’s Room
 Sylvia Luna, LPC #1
Second Floor
CEU”s  Pastor Charles E. Flowers, Faith Outreach Center, Int’l

11:15 a.m. — Noon Suicide/QPR/TYSSP: Deployed Kids

Executive Salon
Children Mental Health  Amy Scott #3

 Sabrina Strudell-de Berry Third Floor

11:15 a.m. — Noon An Open Talk: From Childhood to Adulthood

Children Sex, Violence, and Mental Health Executive Salon
 Patricia Castillo, MSW
Third Floor
 Sandra McBee, MSW

11:15 a.m.– Noon Guardianship and Alternatives to Guardianship Director’s Room

Developmental Disabilities  Monica Bonilla, Attorney at Law– Catholic Charities #2, Second Floor


11: 15 a.m.—Noon Prevention in Mental Illness-Latino Right of Passage: Executive Salon

Mental Health “Joven Noble” - From Boyhood to Manhood
 John Vacca
#5, Third Floor

12:00 p.m-12:15 p.m. Break

12:15 p,m.—1:30 p.m. Luncheon With Members of the Bexar County Legislative Delegation Texas
Facilitator: Oscar Kazen, Associate Judge Probate Court #1 Second Floor
 Invocation: Pastor Charles Flowers, Faith International Center
 The Honorable Jose Menendez, State Representative
 The Honorable Joaquin Castro, State Representative
 The Honorable Trey Martinez Fischer, State Representative
 Awards Presentation: Community Champion, Corporate Hero
Consumer and Family Awards

1:45p.m.– 2:30p.m. Alzheimer’s; Diagnosing the Disease to Aid the Caretaker Directors Room
#1 Second Floor
Mental Health  Ginny Funk: Alzheimer’s Association

Update on Mental Health Research: A View from the UTHSC-SA:

1:45p.m.– 3:30 p. m. Executive Salon
Moderator: Jodi Gonzalez, PHD #5
Mental Health
Third Floor
 Dawn Velligan, Ph.D.: The Psychosocial Treatment to Improve Out-

 Jennifer Potter Ph.D. Kristen Rosen MPH: Pain and Addiction: What’s
the Connection?

 Consuelo Walss-Bass Ph.D: Immune System: Genes and

CEU’s Schizophrenia

1:45p.m.– 2:30 p. m. Alternatives After Transitioning from the Public School System: Presenters Executive
will speak about services available via their individual programs.
Developmental Disabilities Salon #3

CEU’s  DADS, MR Authority and CLASS Third Floor

Schedule at a Glance
Friday, August 20, 2010 continued
1:45 p. m. - 3:30 p.m. “Ask the Policeman “ - A Round Table Question & Answer Session
Mental Health  Lt. Darrell Sanders,Sgt. Robert Rodriguez– BC Sheriff’s Office Executive
 Ernest Steven, William Kasberg-SAPD Salon #4
 Sgt. Stan Slate– SAISD Third Floor

1:45 p, m. – 3:30pm Ask the Doctors: Panel of doctors focusing on children’s issues Executive
will be available to answer your questions.
Children’s Salon # 1
 Thomas Matthews M.D., Thomas A. Hardaway, M.D.
Third Floor
 Debra Katz, M.D., Stephen Saklad Pharm. D

1:45 p. m. - 2:45 p.m. Veterans and Families: Spiritual Wellness in Their Lives Directors Room
Veterans  Hector V. Villarreal, CEO, (SACV), Stephen Dorner,

Military Ministry, Tony Fuentes, Vietnam Veteran Second Floor

2:45 p. m. –3:30 p. m. Pet Therapy: God’s Creatures for Your Mental Health Director’s Room
Mental Health #2
CEU’s  Shannon E. Stovall, LPC-I, M.S. La Paz Second Floor

2:45 p. m.—3:30 p.m. Red Flags Against Abuse Director’s

Room # 1
Developmental Disabilities  Rev. Jim DeHoog, Director of Custom Care, Unicorn
Center Second Floor

2:45 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Therapeutic Criminal Justice Substance Abuse Treatment Executive
Substance Abuse Salon #3
 Linda Tavel, LCDC, Center for Health Care Services
Third Floor
CEU’s  Carlos Lopez, LCDC–1Center for Health Care Services

3:30 p.m. Grooving to Recovery Texas

Community Resource Ballroom
Mental Health
Join Us at the Ice Cream Social and groove
to another far out theatre production
specifically created for this conference by
playwright, Nick Holstein.

Good Vibrations, A 60’s Musical Review

“Out of clutter, find simplicity; From discord, find harmony;

In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.
Albert Einstein
Schedule at a Glance
Saturday, August 21, 2010
8a.m.—9:00 a.m. Sit Down Breakfast Ballroom

9:00 a.m.—10:00a.m. Texas

General Session Ballroom

Invocation: Rev. Dan Walker, Starlight Missionary Baptist Church

Performance: Abigail L Silva singing : “All Things”

Performance: Calidad Choir: Long Term Care Services CHCS

Performance by “Playmakers” (Acting Troupe): Judith Laufer, Director

Keynote Speaker
 Gordon Hartman: President/CEO, Hartman Family Foundation

10:00 a.m. –10:15 a.m. Break

10:15a.m.-11:00 a.m. National Alliance for Mental Illness– NAMI Programs Executive
Mental Health Ed & Jackie Dickey, R.N.– NAMI San Antonio Salon #3
10:15a.m.– 11:00a.m. Children’s Initiatives – System of Care and Wrap-Around San Antonio
Children Mental Health  Terri Mabrito, Center for Health Care Services Room
 Patti Derr, Center for Health Care Services
10:15 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) -War and the Soul Executive
Veterans  Robert L. Jimenez, M.D., F.A.P.A. Salon #2


10:15 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Serving Wounded Warriors: The U.S. Military Disability Evaluation Executive
Veterans Salon #4
Veterans. SA Ballroom

 Rick A Becker, J.D., Chief, Disability Law at Lackland AFB,

10:15 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Benefits? How Can You Qualify? Working With the System Executive
Mental Heatlh  Matt Cowan– Disability Analysis Salon #5

Families and Teachers in Collaboration for Student Success Directors

10:15 a. m.—11:00 a. m.
 Sandra Jacobs, MA Room #1
Developmental Disabilities

10:15 a. m.-11:00 p. m. Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder Executive

Mental Health  Melanie Lane, LPC, The Restoration Center, CHCS Salon #1
CEU’s Third Floor

10:15 a. m.—12: 00 a. m.  An African-American Community Forum – A candid discussion

Mental Health on Mental Illness in the African American Community. Directors
Room # 2
 Susan Beattie
Second Floor
 Cheryl Cooper
Schedule at a Glance
Saturday, August 21, 2010
11:00am– 11:15am Break

11:15am– 12:00pm “In Our Own Voice: “ Recovery by Sharing One’s Own Life Executive Salon
. #3
 Joseph Laa Third Floor

 Bruce Jones
11:15am– 12:00pm ECI: What It Was; What It IsToday Executive Salon
 Ernest Mendoza, Public Outreach Coordinator #4

Third Floor
11:15am– 12:00pm Discovering You At The Prosumer Action Center Executive Salon
Mental Health #4
 Debbie Garcia Third Floor

 Nora Burton
 Cheryl Alvarez

11:15am– 12:00pm IDEA?School Executive Salon

Children #5
Mental Health  Patti Derr Third Floor

11:15am– 12:00pm Why They Can’t Stop: Addiction is a Brain Disease Executive Salon
 Cleo Garcia #1
Third Floor

11:15am– 12:00pm Alcohol and Drug Abuse: “ The Impact on the Family” Directors Room
Abigail Moore, LPC, LCDC #1
San Antonio Council for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Second Floor
11:15am– 12:00pm Dancing As Personal Medicine: Taking those few extra steps to San Antonio
bring joy and fun into your life. Ballroom
Michelle Mata, Prosumer, Advocate

11:15am-12:00pm Skit-O-Phrenia: Recovery on Stage

Nick Holstein
12:15pm– 2:00pm Luncheon and General Session
Invocation: Rev/ Ram Lopez, St. George Episcopal Church
Opening Remarks: The Honorable Carlos Uresti,
State Senator
Keynote Speaker: Lauren Spiro,
Vanguard Communications
Closing Comments: State of the Center Address
Mark Carmona,
Chief Administrative Officer
Performance: The Steppers, Unicorn Center, Inc.
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Thursday, August 19, 2010

6:00pm-8:00pm Silent Auction Texas Ballroom

6:00pm-6:45pm Social Hour Texas Ballroom

Performance by Miranda Mhoon

7:00pm– 7:15pm Mistress of Ceremonies Texas Ballroom

Ms. Elsa Ramon, News Anchor
WOAI, Channel 4

Invocation: Father Eddie Bernal,

St. Benedict’s Catholic Church
Performance by Ms. Abigail L. Silva
Performance by The Hinojosa Family: Texas Ballroom
An Ike & Tina Turner Review:
In Support of Fight Against Domestic Violence

Dinner is served

7:15pm– 7:30pm Welcome : Senator Leticia Van de Putte Texas Ballroom

7:30pm– 8:30pm Awards Presentation Texas Ballroom

Family and Consumer Awards
Betty Fulenwider Media Award
Community Champion Awards
Research Award
HEButt Award
Pinnacle Award

8:30pm– 9:00pm Keynote Speaker Texas Ballroom

Mr. Peter Ashenden, National Advocate
Director of Consumer affairs, Optum Care

9:00pm– 11:00pm 10th Anniversary Star Light Celebration Dance Texas Ballroom

It’s Our Tenth Anniversary! A Celebration of Sustainability! Thank you! for your sup-
Conference Workshop Schedule
Friday, August 20, 2010
8:00am– 3:30pm Registration
Preconvene Area, 2nd Floor

7:30am– 10am Exhibit Setup

San Antonio Ballroom

7:30am– 3:30pm Community Outreach and Health Fair

Executive Salon #1 Screening on glucose, cholesterol, vision and more.
Sponsored by Community Angels– Candi Bonner Cox

8:30am– 9:30am Continental Breakfast

Preconvene Area, 2nd Floor

9:00am– 10:00am Breakfast and Opening General Session, Texas Ballroom

Texas Ballroom A City Welcome: The Honorable Julian Castro, Mayor of San Antonio
Opening Remarks: The Honorable Ciro Rodriguez, U.S. Congressman
23rd Congressional District
Keynote Speaker: Antonio Wilson– Family Involvement Center
Phoenix, Arizona
10:00am– 10:15am Break

10:15am—12:00 pm “Ask the Doctor- Adult” a panel of doctors will take your pre-submitted questions and
Mental Health provide responses and information relevant to mental and physical health issues,
Executive Salon 1 medications, side effects, symptoms etc.
Camis Milam M.D. , Cervando Martinez M.D. , Irvin P. Brock M.D.
Catherine Hall, Pharm. D

10:15am-11:00am Focusing on Wellness and Personal Medicine to Achieve Recovery

Mental Health Hear from people who have achieved recovery utilizing a focus on wellness and
Directors Room 1 personal medicine to find the resiliency to recovery.
Janet Paleo
Anna H. Gray

10:15am-11am Project Carino– A Specialized Female Intensive Outpatient Program

Substance Abuse This program assists females transitioning from opiate use to methadone using an inten
Director’s Room 2 sive, gender specific treatment model. It augments current care options while focusing on
both pre-natal and post-partum periods to aid in maintaining stability and self-sufficiency.
Briseida Courtois, MSW, CHCS, Unit Coordinator

10:15am-11:00am Substance Abuse: It’s Impact on the Community; Navigating the Treatment System
Substance Abuse Stephen Garrison M.D. and Kathryn Jones, LCDC, The Restoration Center, CHSC
Executive Salon 1 Joslyn Drzymalla, MA, NCC, LPC, Mid- Coast Family Services
Friday, August 20, 2010 Continued
10:15am– 11:00am Behind the Behaviors Beyond the Scars: A Look at Self Harm
Mental Health Workshop combines a DVD and discussion with participants on the issues behind
Executive Salon 4 the need to self harm, who does this and what to do about it. The presentation is
based upon information gained from the national experts in treating self harm and
the international society for the study of self harm.
Kathy L. Cunningham, RN, CARN Administrator Managed Care

10:15am– 11am “The Individuals with Disabilities in Education Improvement Act:” A brief overview
Developmental of the Special Education Law will assist attendees to be more prepared for the ARD
Disabilities process so as to better advocate for their children.
Executive Salon 3 Chance Heinsohn, JD

11:15am– 12:00pm What Do Veteran’s Need and the Resources That Can Help Them
Veterans Veterans’ often find themselves at a loss in search of services. Navigating the
Executive Salon 1 veteran’s post war system is just as cumbersome if not more so than the civilian
Psychiatric/medical resources. Attend this session and learn more of what is out
there that can help today’s returning veterans.
Bill Sanburg-UHS Mental Health
Craig Erickson-Bexar County Veterans Office
Richard Wade-United Way Military Outreach

11:15am– 12:00pm The Role of Spirituality in Mental Health treatment is currently being addressed as
Faith Based an integral element in the recovery and stabilization process; an update about
Director’s Room 1 some of the processes and initiatives being organized to enhance this trend.
Sylvia Luna, LPC, LCDC
Pastor Charles E. Flowers, Faith Outreach Center, Int’l

11:15am– 12:00pm Suicide/QPR/TYSSP: Deployed Kids

Children Mental Health Children go through their own heartache and emotional trauma when parents are deployed.
Learn how to recognize the signs, how to talk to your child, getting help and smoothing out the
Executive Salon 3 rough edges as the child attempts to cope.
Amy Scott
Sabrina Strudell-de Berry

11:15am– 12:00pm An Open Talk: From Childhood to Adulthood: Sex, Violence and Mental Health
Children Mental Health A presentation to help parents develop methods of talking to their children openly about sex,
Executive Salon 4 discuss issues of violence, sexual abuse and domestic violence.
Patricia Castillo, MSW
Sandra McBee, MSW

11:15am– 12:00pm Guardianship and Alternatives to Guardianship

Developmental This presentation will deal with legal guardianship protection to include less restrictive alter
Disabilities natives for those who lack mental capacity due to age, illness or disability and who are at risk
Director’s Room 2 of abuse, neglect and exploitation.
Monica Bonilla, Attorney at Law, Catholic Charities

11:15am– 12:00pm Prevention in Mental Illness: Latino Right of Passage: “Joven Noble”-
Mental Health From Boyhood to Manhood. Today’s male youth is struggling to find his place in society. Anger
Executive Salon 5 and hopelessness has enveloped his state of being as he searches for his lost childhood, a connection
to a father figure, a meaningful and consistent culture and a sense of spirituality at times through the use
of drugs, gangs and violence. This workshop will offer direction, a healing and growth process
for families and their “hard to reach” sons and our future sons of society.
John Vacca
Luncheon with Members of the Bexar County Legislative Delegation

12:15 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

Texas Ballroom

Invocation: Pastor Charles Flowers

Senior Pastor of Faith Outreach Center, Int’l

Facilitator: Oscar Kazan, Associate Judge Probate Court #1

Bexar County Legislative Delegation Members

Honorable State Representative Joaquin Castro

Honorable State Representative Jose Menendez
Honorable State Representative Trey Martinez Fischer

State Representative State Representative State Representative

Joaquin Castro Jose Menendez Trey Martinez Fischer
House District 125 House District 124 House District 116

Awards Presentations

Community Champion Award

Scholarship Award
Consume and Family Awards

The Tenth Annual

Bexar County Consumer and Family Conference“
Individual and Family Driven Care…The Road to Stronger Communities”
Friday, August 20, 2010 Continued
1:45pm– 2:30pm Alzheimer’s: Diagnosing the Disease to Aid the Caretaker
Mental Health As the disease becomes more prevalent in our communities it becomes imperative to not
Director’s Room 1 only recognize its symptoms but to begin understanding the diagnosis, stages of develop
ment and the overall implications of each stage as it effects all caregivers. Caregivers must
learn how to prepare oneself accordingly, care for the patient and ensure the caretaker takes
care of himself.
Ginny Funk, Development Director, Alzheimer’s Association

1:45pm– 3:30pm An Update on Mental Health Research: A View from the University of Texas Health Science
Mental Health Center, at San Antonio
Executive Salon 5 An up-to-date interactive session with the audience about research in mental health including
schizophrenia, addiction and genetic of mental illness. Moderator, Jodi Gonzalez, Ph.D
Dawn Velligan, Ph.D: Psychosocial Treatment to Improve Outcomes
Jennifer Potter PH.D & Kristen Rosen MPH: Pain and Addiction:
What’s the Connection?
Consuelo Walss-Bass Ph.D : Immune System: Genes and Schizophrenia

1:45pm-2:30pm A Panel Presentation: New Alternatives After Transitioning from the Public Schools
Developmental Parents and family members find themselves at a loss after their children have reached the
Disabilities age of capacity for a public education. What is my adult special needs child eligible for?
Executive Salon 3 Come listen to three panelist from community programs as they provide alternatives to public
Mental Retardation Authority: Kathy Klopman
CLASS: Yolanda Fuentes
DADS: Tamiyko Prince , MDCP; Beth Officer, CWP

1:45pm-3:30pm “Ask the Policeman:” A panel discussion with San Antonio’s finest.
Mental Health Ever wonder what it would be like to question a police officer? Well, here’s your opportunity to
Executive Salon 4 hear from them about their experiences in working with persons diagnosed with a mental ill
ness. Submit your questions in advance on the provided form and get a direct response.
LT. Darrell Sanders, Sgt. Robert Rodriguez– BC Sheriff’s Office.
Ernest Steven, William Kasberg-SAPD
Sgt. Stan Slate– SAISD

1:45pm-3:30pm “Ask the Doctors– Children:” a panel of doctors focusing on children’s issues will be
Executive Salon 1 available to respond to your questions regarding mental health.
Thomas Matthews MD
Thomas Hardaway MD
Debra Katz MD
Stephen Saklad, Pharm. D.

1:45pm-2:45pm Veterans and Families: Spiritual Wellness in Their Lives

Director’s Room 2 Religion has taken a backseat in today’s world of high technology. However, spirituality
continues to gain strength even though some of our religious elements such as “God” are
eliminated from some of the most common parts of our society. A sense of spiritualism has
replaced our most common of religions. Learn how it has helped one vet in particular and
how spiritualism has allowed him to reclaim his life.
Hector Villarreal, CEO San Antonio Coalition for Veterans
Stephen Doner, Military Ministry
Tony Fuentes, Vietnam Veteran
Friday, August 20, 2010 Continued

2:45pm– 3:30pm Pet Therapy: God’s Creatures for Your Mental Health…
Mental Health They Are More Than Just Warm Cuddles
Director’s Room 2 Shannon E. Stovall LPC-I, M.S. La Paz Community Mental Health Center

2:45pm– 3:30pm Red Flags Against Abuse: a presentation for individuals with intellectual developmental
Developmental disabilities designed to educate them about different types of abuse, who
Disabilities to talk with about abuse while empowering them to stop the abuse.
Director’s Room 2 Rev. Jim DeHoog, Director of Custom Care, Unicorn Center Inc.

245pm- 3:30pm Therapeutic Criminal Justice Substance Abuse Treatment: a model emerging from the
Substance Abuse Mental Health Law which includes addiction treatment as an alternative to incarceration.
Executive Salon 3 This model has served as a catalyst to the development of specialized drug courts, mental
health courts, family courts, and veteran drug courts across the nation. Learn what the
Center for Health Care Services has done to develop this treatment.
Linda Tavel, MPA, LCDC, CART, Dir. of Criminal Justice Substance Abuse Services, CHCS
Carlos Lopez, BA, LCDC-I, Operations Administrator Outpatient Criminal Justice, CHCS

3:30pm-5pm Join Us at the Friday “End of Workshops” Annual Ice Cream Social.
Texas Ballroom Groove to another far out Mental Health theatre production specific
ally created for this conference by playwright, Nick Holstein.

Grooving to Recovery!


CEU’s workshops can be located in the AT A GLANCE Schedule

Saturday, August 21, 2010
8:00am-9:00am Sit down breakfast
9:00am– 10:00am General Session
Texas Ballroom Invocation: Rev. Dan Walker, Starlight Missionary Baptist Church
Performance: “All Things: Sung by Abigail L. Silva
Calidad Choir: Center for Health Care Services, A performance by Consumers at
Calidad MR Community Services
Playmakers: a troupe of men and women actors with developmental disabilities will
close out the morning general session.
Keynote Speaker: Gordon Hartman: CEO of the Gordon Hartman Family Foundation

10:00am-10:15am Break

10:15am– 11:00am National Alliance for Mental Illness – An Overview of NAMI Programs:
Mental Health Family-to-Family, Visions for Tomorrow and Peer-to-Peer
Executive Salon 3 Ed and Jackie Dickey R.N. Specialized, NAMI San Antonio Chapter

10:15am– 11:00am Children’ s Intitiatives– System of Care.WrapAround

Children Mental Terri Mabrito, Center for Health Care Services
Health Patti Derr, Center for Health Care Services
SA Ballroom

10:15am– 11:00am Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)- The War and The Soul
Mental Health Learn how war not only devastates countries, it reeks havoc on the human psyche.
Executive Salon 2 Learn how PTSD can manifest itself when you lease expect it. Learn its pitfalls, its
dark side and how soldiers and families can learn to cope with it..
Roberto L Jimenez, M.D., F.A.P.A.

10:15am-11:00am Serving Wounded Warriors: The Us Military Disability Evaluation

Veterans Rick A Becker, Chief, Disability Law at Lackland AFB, Texas
Executive Salon 4

10:15am-11:00am Benefits? How Can You Qualify? Working with the System
Mental Health Matt Cowan– Disability Analylsis
Executive Salon 5

10:15am– 11:00am Families and Teachers in Collaboration for Student Success

Developmental Sandra Jacobs, MA
Director’s Room 1

10:15am-11:00am Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder

Substance Abuse Melanie Lane. LPC, The Restoration Center
Executive Salon 1

10:15am-12:00am An African American Community Forum– A continued discussion on the mental

Mental Health health needs in the African American community Creating a collaborative direction.
Director’s Room 2 Susan Beattie
Cheryl Cooper
Saturday, August 21, 2010 Continued

11:00am-11:15am Break

11:15am-12:00pm “In Our Own Voice”

Mental Health Recovery by sharing one’s own story of the effects of mental illness.
Executive Salon 3 A Real Story...From Someone Who Has Lived It.
John Laa
Bruce Jones

11:15am-12:00pm ECI: What It Was and What It Is Today

Developmental ECI has been a major force in our community for babies, newborn to 3 years
Disabilities of age. It has left its footprint in the arena of developmental services. Attendees
Executive Salon 2 will be able to learn what ECI is doing in our community today.
Ernest Mendoza, Outreach Coordinator, CHCS, ECI

11:15am-12:00pm Discovering YOU at the Prosumer Action Center

Mental Health Come by the Action Center, meet other prosumers, get involved, socialize, take
Executive Salon 4 part in the on-going activities, become a member. Visit with us and hear more.
Debbie Garcia
Nora Burton
Cheryl Alvarez

11:15am-12:00 pm IDEA/School
Children Mental Health Patti Derr, CHCS– Federation of Families
Executive Salon 5

11:15am-12:00pm Why Can’t They Just Stop? Addiction is a Brain Disease

Substance Abuse Addiction is now seen as a brain disease thus it affects the recovery process.
Executive Salon 1 Cleo Garcia, Communications Director, San Antonio Fighting Back, Inc.

11:15am– 12:00pm Alcohol and Drug Abuse: “The Impact on the Family”
Substance Abuse Abigail Moore, LPC, LCDC
Director’s Room 1 San Antonio Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse

11:15am– 12:00pm Dancing as Personal Medicine: Personal medicine is something you do; something individ-
Mental Health ual to you. Personal Medicine is doing that which brings joy and fun into your life. It is diff
SA Ballroom erent for everyone. Come by and learn some basic steps to dance routines, my personal
medicine, that will assist you to take charge of the personal you.
Michelle Mata, Prosumer and Community Advocate

11:15am– 12:00pm Skits-O- Phrenia: Recovery on Stage

Mental Health Be a star! Shine in the spotlight! An interactive workshop to learn how to write a script, a
monologue that can help you in your recovery.
Nicholas Holstein, BA, Playwright/Director

12:00am– 12:15am Break

Saturday, August 21, 2010 Continued
12:15pm -1:30pm Luncheon and General Session Texas Ballroom

Invocation: Rev. Ram Lopez, St. George Episcopal Church

Opening Remarks: The Honorable, Carlos Uresti, State Senator

Keynote Speaker: Lauren Spiro, MA, Communications Manager

Vanguard Communications

Closing Remarks: The State of the Center Address

Mark Carmona, Chief Administrative Officer
Center for Health Care Services

Closing Performance: The Steppers, Unicorn Center Inc.

Our deepest appreciation to you the consumers and family members; the “stars” of
the conference who have made the past 10 conferences a major success.
See you in 2011!

Debra Katz, MD Thomas Hardaway, MD Stephen Saklad, Pharm D Thomas Matthews, MD



Gordon Hartman is a native San Antonian who delved into the business world at the
ripe age of 12 by doing odd jobs for his neighbors and eventually growing those odd
jobs into a lawn and landscaping business. He built his own home at 19 years of age
and eventually grew that endeavor into a profitable homebuilding enterprise, building
homes for low-to-moderate income families. He managed his company for 22 years
creating the largest locally-owned homebuilding and land development enterprise in
this city. Besides Gordon Hartman Homes, Gordon also founded Gordon V. Harman
Enterprises, Horizon Mortgage Company, Hartman Title Company, Hartman Insur-
ance Services and Nationwide Real Estate Company.
In 2005, Gordon sold his homebuilding company which allowed him to pursue other
endeavors focusing on helping children and adults who are challenged by mental and
physical disabilities as a tribute to their daughter Morgan who is daily challenged with
cognitive and physical disabilities.
The Gordon Hartman Family Foundation was established on September 27, 2005.
The Foundation’s initial funding of $10,000,000 came from Gordon Hartman.



Lauren is the Director of the Coalition garnering experience from a

variety of behavioral healthcare settings . She has served on a
number of boards of directors and advisory boards. She has
served on the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facili-
ties, International’s Cultural Diversity Advisory Group and is cur-
rently on the board of the Virginia Organization of Consumers As-
serting Leadership and on the Substance Abuse and Mental
Health Services Administration, to name a few. She has traveled
across the country as a CARF surveyor and as a mental health
recovery educator. She has presented at national, state and pri-
vate provider conferences on peer support, the recovery process
and systems transformation.
Lauren was labeled with chronic schizophrenia as a teenager. She
is a native Washingtonian and has an M.A. degree in Clini-
cal/Community Psychology.

Cheryl Alvarez is a journeyman at the Prosumer Action Center. She is certified in Intentional Peer
Support and has received training as a Medicaid/Medicare Benefits Counselor. Ms. Alvarez utilizes
United Way/Bexar Necessities for community resources. She leads groups and assists in several on-
going projects at the Prosumer Action Center

Susan Beattie founded the African American Leadership Forum of San Antonio, Texas and is the
creator of the Mental Illness Awareness Week Art Show held annually in October. Ms. Beattie is a
former board member of NAMI San Antonio, co-founded the Bexar County Mental Health Task Force,
is a current member of the board of the Urban Alliance, and VSA Arts of Texas State Advisory Board.
She is a current and active member of the steering committee of the Center for Health Care Services,
Bexar County Consumer and Family Support Conference. Susan won the Bexar County Consumer
and Family Support Conference STAR Award in 2004 and the Richard E. Hopkins Torch Award in

Rick A Becker is the Chief, Disability Law at Lackland AFB. He manages the activities of the Air
Force’s sole disability legal office representing clients from the medical evaluation board recommen-
dations to appeals to the Secretary of the AF. He provides training and certification of all AF disability
counselors and teaches numerous military disability courses. Mr. Becker has a B.A. and J.D. from the
University of South Carolina. He has served as an active duty and reserve AF Judge Advocate from
1989 to 1999. Mr. Becker holds national board certifications in disability forensics, trauma and reha-
bilitation. His experience with mental illness is first hand; her cares for his sister who is diagnosed
with schizophrenia.

Irvin ‘Pete” Brock III received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Davis and
graduated from Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland in 1988.
He is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and has a Sub Specialty
Board Certification in Geriatric Psychiatry. Dr. Brock is an honorably discharged Vietnam Era Vet and
received the Bronze star relative to military service in Operation Iraqi Freedom. He retired from the
military effective October, 2004 and currently is the Vice President of Clinical Service Delivery, Public
Sector, Optum Behavioral Health Solutions.

Nora Burton is a fulltime volunteer at the Prosumer Action Center. Ms. Burton has a degree in Ad-
ministration of Secretary Science from OIC, New York, NY. She is actively involved in the job readi-
ness program at the Action Center. She reports finding great satisfaction in her role as advocate and
in providing community referrals to those she works with.

Cheryl Cooper co-founded the African American Leadership Forum of San Antonio, Texas. She is a
previous employee of the Center for Health Care Services having served in a caseworker capacity
during which she participated in the UTHSCSA CAT Therapy Project under Dr. Dawn Velligan. Ms.
Cooper has received training in TIMA, Visions for Tomorrow, Recovery Support Group, Peer to Peer
and Family to Family via NAMI San Antonio. Cheryl is an LCDC-I, a QMHP, is a Certified Anger
Resolution Therapist and is a Family Education Teacher for NAMI San Antonio.

Briseida Courtois is a social worker, MSSW, and an LCDS with over 15 years of experience working
in substance abuse, domestic violence, social work within the educational arena and HIV/AIDS. She
currently serves as the supervisor of Project Carino with CHCS Substance Abuse Program. Her past
posts include Director of Substance Abuse Services with Tropical Texas MHMR, Regional Director of
Substance Abuse Services with South Texas Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Director of Metha-
done Programs with Tropical Texas MHMR, school social worker with Roma ISD and volunteer with
Starr County Domestic Violence Task Force.

Patricia Castillo, is a Texas State LMSW trained and educated at Our Lady of the Lake University, at
the Worden School of Social Services. Patricia has spent 28 years working in various capacities ad-
vocating for women and children victims of violence, mostly family violence. Patricia has worked for
the Women’s Law Center and also was a caseworker, counselor, advocate, and public education
specialist with the Battered Women’s Shelter of Bexar County. In 1987, she directed the
M.A.T.C.H. Program (Mothers and Their Children Program) for the Bexar County Detention Pro-
gram. Since 1990, Patricia has served as the Executive Director of the P.E.A.C.E. Initiative, a thriv-
ing organization run by the Benedictine Sisters where she chose Domestic Violence as a mission
and co-founded P.E.A.C.E. (Putting an End to Abuse through Community Efforts. Many programs
to help persons in domestic violence have been born out of this organization helping thousands of
victims and trained over 2500 community persons on crisis intervention and advocacy for survivors
of family violence and their children at SAPD Substations and at the Family Justice Center.

Matt Cowan is Vice-President of Disability Analysis. He is an untiring volunteer where he makes

presentations and provides information and assistance with Social Security disability benefits. Matt
is proud to be an advocate for the disabled.

Kathy L. Cunningham, RN, CARN serves as the Managed Care Administrator for Clarity Child
Guidance Center, San Antonio’s oldest psychiatric hospital for children and adolescents in South
Texas. She provides contact for area physicians, hospitals, therapists and agencies and serves as
a coordinator for community education presentations. She is the past Director of Case Manage-
ment at Laurel Ridge Hospital and worked as a charge nurse for Laurel Ridge and Charter Real
Hospitals. She currently holds a clinical certification as a specialist in addictions nursing and has
been named to the Who’s Who in American Nursing since 1990. Kathy is currently a working mem-
ber of the Community Partnerships Blue Ribbon Task Force on Child Abuse, Co-Chair of The
Youth Mental Health Council, The Suicide Prevention Task Force, Voices for Children and the
Medical Directors Round Table for Children’s Mental Health in San Antonio.

Rev. Jim De Hoog is the Director of Customer Care at Unicorn Center, Inc. simultaneously serving
as Chaplain and Volunteer Coordinator at Mission Road Development Center. He serves on the
Board of The Gathering/San Antonio and is the current president of the San Antonio Volunteer Ad-
ministrators (SAVA). Additionally, he serves as a resource person for the Baptist General Conven-
tion of Texas’ Special Friends Retreat. Rev. De Hoog is an Ordained Minister of Word and Sacra-
ment with the Reformed Church in America. He received his Masters of Divinity from Fuller Theo-
logical Seminary in June of 1989, is married , has a son and daughter. They all reside in San Anto-

Patti Derr has served as the Executive Director of the Texas Federation of Families for Children’s
Mental Health since 1999 and has been the Project Director of a SAMHSA Statewide Family Net-
work Grant since 1993. She has two daughters, one with a behavioral disability which led her to the
child advocacy arena in 1983. She was the first “Family Partner” in Texas and currently serves in
that capacity at the Center for Health Care Services (CHCS). She also provides technical assis-
tance and support to state policy efforts regarding best practices to youth with behavioral health
needs and their families. As a “Family Partner” at CHCS, she assists families and their providers
with identifying family member strengths and developing a strategy to assist with meeting their

Ed Dickey is President of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, San Antonio Affiliate and Steer-
ing Committee Member of the Bexar County Mental Health Task Force. He is a NAMI certified
Family to Family instructor. In 2004 he retired from the Department of Defense after more than 35
years of service with Military Medical accounting. He is the father of an adult daughter diagnosed
with schizoaffective disorder and a minor son diagnosed with bipolar disorder. For 10 years, he
has worked with their needs, including disease recognition, acceptance, education, treatment,
transportation, housing and daily life style changes.

Jackie Dickey, R.N. Jackie and her husband are the parents of 5 children, ages 13 to 33 who
have suffered a variety of serious health problems. For 36 years, she has worked as an RN in vari-
ous healthcare settings. Her insight into the subject comes from her experiences as a parent as
well as working as a disease management nurse, and also a pool nurse for a local psychiatric facil-
ity. She and her husband Ed are involved with NAMI as members of its board of directors, support
group leaders and family trainers.

Pastor Charles E. Flowers has been the Senior Pastor of Faith Outreach Center, International
since 2001. He is convinced that believers are to recognize their unique spiritual gifts and as-
signments, realize their potential through disciplined training and personal intimacy with God,
organize to ignite the synergistic power among the Saints and mobilize in order to advance the
Kingdom of God. Her serves as the Founder and Director of Love Demonstrated Ministries,
International– Christian Boot Camp, and founder and commandant of Christian Military Acad-
emy. Pastor Flowers is married and has three daughters and one grandchild.

Debra (Debbie) Garcia continues her active status as a Prosumer having been one of the
founding members of the organization. Her lifetime experiences with mental illness have con-
tributed to her support of others as she works diligently in her role of advocacy at both the local
and state levels. She has worked at the Veterans Hospital as a peer specialist and as a Recov-
ery Navigator with the Center for Health Care Services. She is currently part of the Journeyman
Program at the Prosumer Action Center with the Center. Ms. Garcia’s passion in life is to stay
empowered and to empower others to live a full life in recovery. Ms. Garcia is living proof that
“Recovery Is Possible.”

Dr. Stephen F. Garrison is a graduate of Rice University and the University of Texas Medical
Branch, Galveston, TX. His military career includes his internship and pediatric residency at
the Naval Regional Medical Center in Portsmouth, Va., Chief of Pediatrics at the Naval
Regional Medical Clinic, New Orleans LA, and Chief of Pediatrics at the Naval Hospital in Mil-
lington, TN. He served in private practice from 1984-1999 and was the Medical Director for the
Northeast Texas Public Health District Medical Authority in Smith County from 2000-2004. Ad-
ditionally, Dr. Stephen Garrison was an Addictionologist and Pediatrician at the Sundown
Ranch, Inc. in Canton, Texas from 2005-2007. Dr. Stephen F. Garrison is currently a fulltime
employee of the Center for Health Care Services serving as the Medical Director of the Trans-
formation Center, the first facility to open its doors at the future site of Haven for Hope. Dr. Gar-
rison has been published in the Journal of Arkansas Medical Society, as past Chief of Pediat-
rics at Wadley Regional Medical Center and St. Michael’s Hospital in Texarkana, of Pediatric in
Little Rock, Arkansas and has a special interest and vast experience in Addiction Medicine,
Attention Deficit Disorder and Behavioral Pediatrics.

Anna H. Gray has advocated for consumers/survivors/ex-patients for over 23 years as she has
worked in various capacities in the mental health field. For the past eight years she has been a
professional advocate for the rights of people diagnosed with a mental illness. Anna Lacks her
dissertation in completing her doctorate in counseling psychology and has a masters in coun-
seling psychology and cross cultural counseling.

Catherine S. Hall received her Pharm. D degree from UT Austin/UTHSCSA in May of 1999.
She completed a residency in pharmacy practice at Scott and White Memorial Hospital in Tem-
ple, Texas in June 2000. She completed a residency in psychiatric pharmacy practice at Austin
State Hospital in Austin, Texas in June of 2001 and became a Board Certified Psychiatric Phar-
macist in December of 2002. Dr. Hall is also currently a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Col-
lege of Pharmacy, UT Austin/UTHSCSA.

Thomas G. Hardaway, II, M.D. is a pediatrician and child and adolescent psychiatrist, pres-
ently serving as the medical director for the Child and Adolescent Division of the Center for
Health Care Services. He retired as a Colonel from the United States Army Medical Corps after
31 years of service as a pediatrician and psychiatrist. His last assignment in the Army was as
Chairman of the Department of Behavioral Medicine at Brooke Army Medical Center in San
Antonio, Texas. Her served for five years as the Consultant in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
to the Surgeon General. He practiced child psychiatry in private practice for two years and has
been in his present position at the Center for Health Care Services for the last three years. He
also works with 50 children conducting them as the Director and Founder of the Texas Chil-
dren’s Choir for the last nine years.
Robert L. Jimenez, M.D., F.A.P.A., is the Chairman of the University Health System Board of Manag-
ers and The Center for Health Care Services. Dr. Jimenez received his Bachelor’s Degree in biology
and philosophy from St. Mary’s University. He later received his medical degree from the University of
Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. Dr. Jimenez is also the Medical Director for the Patrician Move-
ment. He is a member of the Texas Task Force on State and Local Drug Control, serves on the admis-
sions committee for the University of Texas Health Science Center and is chairman of the Board of
Trustees of The Center for Health Care Services.

Debra A. Katz, MD practices adolescent psychiatry and pediatric psychiatry and psychiatry in Lexing-
ton, Kentucky. Dr. Katz graduated with an MD 26 years ago specializing in Adolescent Psychiatry and
Pediatric Psychiatry and Psychiatry. She is a board certified specialist.

Joseph Laa was born in Honolulu, Hawaii , attended Judson High School and served in the U.S. Army
from 1981– 1995. Joseph was first diagnosed with a mental illness in 2007 and works on his recovery
by being actively involved in his treatment. He completed a 6 month Stepping Stones Program, is a
member of NAMI and an active participant in the “In Your Own Voice” program. Additionally, Mr. Laa is
a member of Our House, a VA volunteer and has successfully completed the VA Peer to Peer program.
He currently resides in San Antonio, enjoys Hawaiian music, fishing and watching heart felt movies.

Melanie Lane, MSW, LCDC, AAC, CCS Ms. Lane has a Master in Social Work from University of
Texas at San Antonio. She is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, an Advanced Addiction
Counselor and a Certified Clinical Supervisor and is currently the Unit Coordinator of the Center for
Health Care Services Restoration Center, a detox, public sobering unit, and an intensive outpatient
substance abuse treatment facility located on the Haven for Hope Campus. She is also a SAMHSA
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Trainer and she represented the National Association of Addiction
Professionals in the fall of 2002 as a delegate to the People to People Ambassadors Program to South
Africa. Additionally, she functions as a test evaluator for the Texas Certification Board for Addiction

David Luna received his undergraduate degree in education and his Masters in Education Counseling
from Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, Texas. Mr. Luna is currently enrolled in the Leadership
PH.D program at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas. He is licensed as a social
worker, certified as a special education teacher, a member of the National Organization of Victims As-
sociation, Legacy TXMHMH Quality Advisor; Governor’s Executive Development Program and Leader-
ship Harlingen. David Luna has been the Director of Border Affairs for the Texas Health and Human
Services Commission (HHSC) for the past 10 years. He has 25 years experience with the former Texas
Department of Mental Health Mental Retardation in both clinical and administrative areas including but
not limited to three community MHMR centers, the Wichita Falls State Hospital and the TXMHMR Cen-
tral Administrative Office. He and his family reside in Harlingen, Texas.

Sylvia Luna has worked in the chemical dependency field for 20 years and has experience with di-
verse populations; including men released from prison, battered women, gang background, and the
homeless. She is an instructor at San Antonio College, active with the Faith Based Mental Health Initia-
tive, and a partner with the faith community to decrease youth violence. Her credentials include a Mas-
ters in Counseling, Advanced Addiction Counselor, Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor,
Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, and a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern.

Terri Mabrito has over 25 years experience in programming and services for children and families in a
variety of settings, faith based, educational and not for profit social services. Her earlier career in-
cluded: Part-time Faculty/Marriage & Family Therapy Internship Supervisor at Our Lady of the Lake
University; Founding member and chair of the Latchkey Task Force; various social services program
positions and private practice. She is employed at the Center for Health Care Services in Children’s
Crisis Services implementing and facilitating a nationally recognized community collaboration to pro-
vide Children’s Crisis Intervention Training for school police officers and other school staff and other
children’s diversion related initiatives.

Michelle Mata is the Chair of the Prosumer Steering Committee. In six months she has transformed her
life into living her dreams. She also found that as she achieved recovery, the relationship with her chil-
dren also improved. Now, Mom is fun to be around as she is doing fun things. Michelle is a prosumer
“navigator” outreaching to other consumers needing mental health services and is an active community
advocate serving on several advisory committees.

Thomas L. Matthews, MD. Is the Outpatient Services Medical Director at Clarity Child Guidance Center.
He is an Associated Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San An-
tonio (UTHSC-SA) in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He attended medical school at
UTHSC-SA and graduated in 1997. He completed General Psychiatry Residency as well as a Child and
Adolescent Psychiatry Residency from UTHSC-SA in 2002. In 2002 he joined the faculty in the Division
of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and became Medical Director of the Child Guidance Center in De-
cember, 2007. He is board certified in both General and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and currently
serves as the Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Training Director.

Sandy McBee received her Bachelor of Social Work in 1979 and her Masters in 1989 from Our Lady of
the Lake University. Sandy’s work experience has been varied from a child care worker at the San Anto-
nio Children’s Center, group home Caseworker I for MHMR, Caseworker II and III for CHCS as a liaison
for SAISD providing school based counseling to children and their families in 1993-1995. Presently Ms.
McBee is one of SAISD Teen Parent Social Worker’s providing services to middle and high school teen
parents. She takes her message of how parents can have an open communication with their children
hoping the message will help to decrease the number of teen parents.

Abigail G. Moore is the Education Director for San Antonio Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse provid-
ing education and training from the local to national level. A graduate of Texas Tech University in Lub-
bock, Texas, Ms. Moore has her Masters in counseling from UTSA. She is credentialed as a LPC, LCDC
and ACPS. Ms. Moore is involved with the faith-based recovery community, serves on various coalitions
and organizations and sees her goal as providing community awareness relative to substance abuse and
other related issues.

Janet Paleo has worked at the local, state, national and international level. She is passionate in helping
others identify and obtain their vision of recovery. Her business makes Empowermentware, guides the
Prosumer group and publishes a monthly newsletter. She is a concert producer, song writer, photogra-
pher, an inventor and author.

Stephen R. Saklad was born in Los Angeles, California and received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree fro
USC in 1978. He did an NIMH fellowship in psychiatric pharmacy at the University of Nebraska Medical
Center at Omaha 1978 and joined the faculty of the University of Texas College of Pharmacy in 1979. He
was the first clinical pharmacist hired by the TDMHMR (TDSHS) when he began as clinical coordinator at
the San Antonio State Hospital in 1979. He has lived in San Antonio since 1979, is married and the father
of triplet sons.

William (Bill) Sanburg is the current Senior Male Health Educator with University Health System under
a grant funded through the Office of Population Affairs in Washington CC. Bill hold a BS in Social Work
from Pittsburg State University and an MA in Family and Child Development from Kansas State Univer-
sity. After a 27 year military career Bill worked with Child Protective Services and The Children’s Shelter
prior to joining the UHS family.

Shannon E. Stovall graduated with a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Counseling from Lady of
the Lake University. She currently is in her third year in the PsyD in Counseling Psychology.
Senator Carlos I. Uresti is a devoted public servant who has dedicated his life to making Dis-
trict 19, Bexar County and Texas, a better place. He represents more than 700,000 people in
the largest geographical senate district in the contiguous 48 states. A 1997 special election to
the House of Representatives opened the door to state politics for Senator Uresti. He served in
the House for nine years and was the chairman of the Committee on Human Services during
the 78th Legislature. Senator Uresti was elected to the Texas Senate in 2006, riding on his
reputation as a champion of children, seniors and veterans. During nearly a decade of public
service, Uresti has authored, co-authored and sponsored numerous bills during both his House
and Senate careers. He is a life-time member of VFW Post 9186, the United States Marine
Corps League and the Alamo Silver Wings Airborne Association.

John Vacca has been a volunteer in the community building family ministry for the last eight
years and has transitioned into a full-time trainer and male development worker. He is a past
employee of the American Indians in Texas at the Spanish Colonial Missions where he was
responsible for executing the day to day operations of the Healthy Marriage Grant through the
“Familia Unida” Initiative as well a providing education in high school relationship skills. John is
a facilitator for the San Antonio Fatherhood Campaign working with dads. He also serves as an
adjunct faculty member at the Por Vida Academy Charter High School, teaching Family Career
Management Course to young adults and young adult parents. Mr. Vacca specializes in work-
ing with youth referred by the judicial system for “Joven Noble” (Noble Youth) Rites of Passage
programs, community service projects referrals for mental health services, support groups, and
linking youth to jobs. He is a member of the Texas Assoc. of Sports Officials and coaches kids.

Senator Leticia Van de Putte, a pharmacist for more than 28 years represents a large portion
of San Antonio and Bexar County. A former five term state representative, she is now serving
her fourth term as a Texas State Senator for District 26. In 2002, she became the Chair of the
Senate Hispanic Caucus. Nationally, Senator Van de Putte was nominated as co-chair of the
2008 Democratic National Convention, joining the ranks of Texas women, including Barbara
Jordan and Ann Richards. She is now serving as Chair of NCSL’s Foundation for State Legisla-
tures. She is a member of the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators, where she served
as President from 2003 to 2005. She is a strong advocate for children, veterans, improved ac-
cess to health care, quality education, and economic development issues and has consistently
authored and sponsored bills to assist families in securing opportunities.

Great job presenters; the stars of the conference!

Could not have done it without you!
We would like to thank all those who contributed to the success of the 10h Annual Bexar
County Consumer and Family Support Conference. We would especially like to thank all
the conference steering committee members listed below. Their time, dedication and
hard work is greatly appreciated.

Pat Adams – SA Community MH, South Alissa Palacios- La Paz

JoAnn Alvarez—SAISD—Special Ed. Dept. Rose Pastrano—SAISD—Special Ed. Dept
Homer Arias- CHCS Ruben Perez– DAPA
Susan Beattie —Consumer Advocate Pattie Rangel– SASH Volunteer Services
Candy Bonner Cox-Community Angels Linda Rodriguez - CHCS
Marco Cabrera– DAPA Jesse Sanaseros– CHCS
Sara Chanack– CHCS Evelyn Sanchez– CHCS
Pattie Derr– CHCS John Scheel– Unicorn Centers
Angela Diehl - Nix Health Care System Martha Toles– Kerrville MHMR
Leon Evans– CHCS Lupe Torres, CHCS
Debbie Garcia– The Prosumer Action Center
Anita Gonzales - CHCS
Jeff Hornbeak– Methodist Healthcare
Sylvia Luna– Faithbased MH Initiative
Terrie Mabrito– CHCS
Rosalee Martinez– SA Comm/Mental Health
Michelle Mata– Prosumers
Door prize tickets will be given out at
Friday’s Legislative Delegation
Luncheon and General Session


 Exhibitors please check in at the Exhibitor Registration Table.
 Angela Deihl is your contact person for any questions or needs regarding
your exhibit.

Sign Language Interpreters will be

present at all general sessions

Spanish Interpretation Equipment

Spanish Interpretation equipment is available at all breakfast, luncheon and dinner
keynote speaker presentations as well as the general sessions. Look for tables
marked “Reserved — Interpretation Available.”

El Equipo de Interpretación en Español

El equipo de interpretación en Español estará disponible durante el desayuno,
almuerzo, las presentaciones de los conferencistas invitados y durante las sesiones
generales de nuestra conferencia. Para localizar a nuestro equipo, busque las mesas
marcadas con el siguiente cartelón “Reservado — Interpretación Disponible.”

Center for Health Care Services expresses its’ gratitude for

your attendance at the 10th Annual Bexar County Consumer
and Family Support Conference

Thank you !
hope to see you again in 2011


Cool Vibrations
A New 60”s Rock-N– Roll Revue
Groovin’ to Recovery

Where: Crowne Plaza Hotel

Texas Ballroom
Day: Friday, August 20, 2010
Time: 4pm

Ice Cream Social Hour

Date: Friday, August 20, 2010

Time: 4:00pm

Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel,

Texas Ballroom

Floats, ice cream sundaes , shakes

10 years of serving our consumers and family members!

Congratulations Center for Health Care Services for another great conference!!
The Center for Health
Care Services

San Antonio

The Wood Group

Community Angels

10th Annual Bexar County Consumer and Family Support Conference