Gary Blau will speak about federal activities to transform the children's mental health system across U.S., the core components of the federal System of Care Program, and the success and accomplishments of the System of Care Program both nationally and in Cuyahoga County.
Blau, a clinical psychologist, provides national leadership for children's mental health and for creating "systems of care" across the country. He is responsible for implementing a wide variety of programs designed to improve the lives of children and families, including the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Program, Circles of Care Program, Statewide Family Network Program, and National Children's Mental Health Social Marketing Campaign. He is also responsible for translating the President's New Freedom Commission Report for children and families, and for implementing the children's portion of the CMHS Action Plan.
Prior to this, Blau was the bureau chief of Quality Management and director of Mental Health at the Connecticut Department of Children and Families and the director of Clinical Services at the Child and Family Agency of Southeastern, Connecticut.
Blau was formerly a member of the National Association of State Mental Health Program Director's Division of Children, Youth and Families and served as its chairperson. He has received several awards including the Pro Humanitate Literary Award for literary works, Governor's Service Award, Phoebe Bennet Award, and Making a Difference Award.
Blau has numerous publications and has been the editor of several books, including the "Handbook of Childhood Behavioral Issues: Evidence Based Approaches to Prevention and Treatment." He currently holds a clinical faculty appointment at the Yale Child Study Center.