2020 Mental Health Summit

Building Community Connections for Mental Health: Faith and Community

April 16, 2020 • 9:00am – 3:00pm

Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 3400 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte, NC 28216


8:00 am –  9:00 am  Registration, Breakfast & Networking
9:00 am –  9:15 am Welcome, Invocation, Opening Remarks
9:15 am –  9:45 am  Perspectives On Why This Is Important Work
9:45 am – 10:30 am Navigating the Behavioral Health System Discussion
10:30 am – 10:40 am BREAK
10:40 am – 11:00 am Keynote Address
11:05 am – 11:55 am Breakout Sessions 1
12:00 pm –  1:00 pm Lunch and Award Presentation
1:05 pm –  1:55 pm Breakout Sessions 2
2:00 pm –  2:45 pm  Panel Discussion – Cultural Competence in Mental Health
2:45 pm –  3:00 pm  Closing Remarks and Closing Prayer

Exhibits will be available from 8:00 am – 3:00 pm.


Guardianship, Civil Commitment, Advance Directive

An overview about the decision making and legal considerations for individuals regarding mental health care. It includes state guardianship laws and challenges that families and professionals face with consumers struggling with the lack of resources.

Presenter: Robert Ward, Assistant Public Defender, Office of the Public Defender – Mecklenburg County

Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Substance Abuse and Mental Health

A co-facilitated breakout session to provide information about individuals experiencing co-occurring mental health conditions, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and substance abuse. It includes strategies being used by mental health professionals, the experience of individuals and families, and information about the available services for individuals with both diagnoses.

Presenters: Tina Featherstone, MSW, LCSW, CCM,  MHSUD Care Coordination Supervisor at Cardinal Innovations Healthcare 

Spirituality and Religion in Mental Health Recovery

This session provides information about how spirituality and religion can aide in mental health recovery and opportunities for clinicians and the faith community to support the spiritual aspect of consumer’s recovery.

Presenters: Carlos Todd, Ph.D., LPC & Natasha Pemberton-Todd, LPCS

Trauma, Violence, and Mental Health

This session connects mental health and hip hop to offers unique insights for mental health professionals and ministry leaders about raising awareness especially among youths and young adults about, trauma, violence, and mental health. It includes information about the intersection of trauma, violence and mental health challenges and the impact on individuals, families and communities and culturally competent interventions that engaged the diverse needs of consumers.

Presenter: Andrew Watkins, MSW, LCSWA, Clinical Counselor at N.C. A&T State University

Family Caregivers and Community Support

An overview of resources for family caregivers of individuals needing mental health care including information about the emotional and mental health impacts of family caregiving support and community support. It will provide Community Care Options along with giving guidance on how to determine what kind of help and support is needed for your family member.

Presenter: Candace Wilson, ParentVOICE Program Director Mental Health America of Central Carolinas

Ex-Convicts & Youth Offenders and Mental Health

An overview about the mental health needs for youth, young adults and adult offenders in prisons and in the community including individuals requiring intellectual and developmental disabilities support. Information will be provided about the challenges for diagnosis and treatment in prison and after prions and opportunities for how congregations and faith leaders can assist.

Presenter: Kody H. Kinsley, Deputy Secretary for Behavioral Health & Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities at N.C. Department of Health and Human Services

Creating Caring Congregations

Practical information will be provided about ways congregations can integrate mental health consumers into their communities; strengthen the mental well-being of families, congregations, and communities; and address stigma and discrimination related to mental health. Resources and information to help welcome, support, and advocate for individuals on their journey to healing and recovery, starting a Mental Health ministry and provide mental health support for clergy and staff

Presenter: Sheila Wright, MSN, RN, Health Ministry Coordinator for the Faith Community Health Ministry department at Atrium Health

Gatekeepers and Navigators in Mental Health

Provides information about the role and services of trusted non-clinician faith leaders, congregants and community members in helping individuals, families, and caregivers to access mental health care services, resources and support.

Presenter: Imam John Ederer, Imam and Religious Director, Muslim Community Center of Charlotte