ROCKY HILL, Conn. – The Consumer and Family Advisory Council of the Connecticut Behavioral Health Partnership (CT BHP), administered by Beacon Health Options, will host the seventh annual iCAN Conference Thursday, September 22, 2022 from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm. The conference showcases the power of partnership among Connecticut HUSKY Health members, families, agencies, and providers. You can find information about iCAN, and register for this free, virtual event, on the ctbhp.com website.
The “iCAN” conference is committed to supporting consumers and families to self-advocate for needed behavioral health services in order to live their lives to the fullest potential. The conference will begin with comments from all three commissioners of the Partnerships’ state partners, the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), the Department of Children and Families (DCF), and the Department of Social Services (DSS). This will be followed by words from Matt Ritter, Speaker of the CT House of Representatives, and an Opening Panel, “Eradicating System Biases and Barriers in Times of Crisis” moderated by Nick Lebron, Councilman, City of Hartford.
This year’s conference offers a number of workshops which align with its theme, “Partner to Transform Systems and Embrace Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.” These include everything from “Law Enforcement Bridging Communities” to “Unmasking Domestic Violence and Abuse,” from “Caring and Advocating for Aging Individuals and People with Disabilities” to “Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) Suicide Prevention.”
“Too many Connecticut families, young adults and youth receiving Medicaid services cycle in and out of our mental health and addiction systems because they are not accessing appropriate resources to gain wellness and self-sufficiency,” said George McDonald, a member of the Beacon Consumer and Family Advisory Council. “In reality, Connecticut has an array of behavioral health and recovery programs, but consumers, agencies and providers are either unaware of them or they just don’t share the information with each other.”
“Numerous corporate and industry sponsors participate in the iCAN Conference because they are invested in strengthening and increasing access to the state’s behavioral health system,” said Carrie Bourdon, Executive Director of Beacon Health Options in Connecticut. “We know Connecticut’s services are strong. We hope this annual event will raise awareness among consumers, agencies and providers about how to get the most from them.”