A Behavioral Health & Recovery Conference – Friday, May 22, 2020

9:30am to 2:30pm – Elmira Holiday Inn (760 East Water St, Elmira)

Please join us to learn more about what your community has to offer to people living with mental illness and/or substance use.  Area professionals will also be on hand to answer questions and check eligibility for programs.

This event is FREE.  Please register in advance by May 15th to ensure a spot, by contacting Michelle Nicholas,  (607) 734-9784, ext. 2211.

A free buffet-style lunch will be provided, as well as multiple door prizes.

Sponsored by the Chemung Peer Network; AIM Independent Living Center, AspireHopeNY, Capabilities, Inc., CASA-Trinity, Catholic Charities of Chemung/Schuyler, and Family Services of Chemung County, Inc.


9:30am-9:50am – Registration and Seating

10:00am-10:15am – Opening Remarks – Brian Hart, Commissioner of  Chemung County Department of Social Services and Mental Hygiene

10:15am-10:45am – Keynote – Chacku Mathi, Project Director of SAMHSA Healthy Transitions Grant in New York State with OnTrackNY

10:45am-11:00am – Break

11:00am-12:00pm – Breakout Sessions
Care Management: Holly Garcia, Marketing Coordinator at Circare & Johanna George, Health Home Network Coordinator at Circare

Home and Community-Based Services: David Ferencz, New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services, Inc.

12:00pm-1:00pm – Buffet Lunch

1:00pm-1:45pm – Peer Panel

1:45pm-2:15pm – Information Gathering

2:15pm-2:30pm – Raffle Prizes and Closing Remarks

About Our Keynote Speaker: Chacku Mathai

Chacku is an Indian-American, born in Kuwait, who became involved in consumer/survivor/ex-patient advocacy and peer support when he was 15 years old. Chacku’s personal experiences with trauma, suicide, and disabling mental health and substance use challenges, including being diagnosed with psychotic disorders as a youth and young adult, launched Chacku and his family toward a number of efforts to advocate for improved services, social conditions, and alternative supports in the community.
He has since accumulated over thirty years of experience in a variety of roles including international, national, statewide, and local board governance and executive leadership roles. He is currently the Project Director for the SAMHSA Healthy Transitions Grant in New York State with OnTrackNY, a Coordinated Specialty Care model for early psychosis.