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Central Texas African American Family Support Conference


Conference a Success!

The 14th annual Central Texas African American Family Support Conference was an outstanding one!  Attendees gathered at the Hilton Austin Hotel February 25 and 26 for two days of sessions and speakers designed around this year’s theme, “Resources to Empower Consumers, Youth and Families.”

Family members learned about local resources available to better assist their loved ones. Professionals expanded their knowledge to provide effective, relevant services. For a conference recap and highlights, click here.

This couldn't be done without the support of attendees, community advocates and sponsors. Thank you to our sponsors for helping us to put on such an extraordinary event.  This year’s sponsors included Austin Travis County Integral Care, the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities, the City of Austin, Hilton Austin, the New Milestones Foundation, the Center for the Elimination of Disproportionality and Disparities, Seton Healthcare Family, Sendero Health Plans, The Wood Group, and Central Health. Over 30 exhibitors also participated this year from Hospice Austin to the SIMS Foundation to Sam’s Club. 

Become a Sponsor


To make a donation, please click here to be directed to the New Milestones website and choose the Central Texas African American Conference from the drop-down menu.


Click here to learn about volunteer opportunities for next year's conference.

Gulf Coast of Texas African American Family Support Conference

The 2014 Gulf Coast of Texas African American Family Support Conference will be held on Friday, November 7, 2014, at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Houston - Greenway Plaza, 6 East Greenway Plaza, Houston, Texas 77046. The conference theme is Overcoming Stigma Together: Changing Lives, Families and Communities.  Conference registration will open September 2014.


Featured keynote speakers include Ms. Bern Nadette Stanis, from the 70′s television series Good Times star “Thelma Evans,” and an author, motivational speaker and the national African American Spokesperson for the Alzheimer’s Association; and

Dr. Rahn K. Bailey, Executive Director of the Lloyd C. Elam Mental Health Center, and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavior Sciences at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee and author.

Pre-Conference Mental Health First Aid for Faith-Based Leaders

The GCTAAFSC is offering a Pre-Conference Mental Health First Aid Training for Faith-Based Leaders on Saturday, Aug. 30 from 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM at the DePelchin Children's Center, 4950 Memorial Drive Houston, TX 77007.

Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour public education program that introduces non-healthcare professionals to information that will help identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and associated disorders. Training is offered on the following:

  • Risk factors and warning signs related to mental health,
  • The impact of mental illnesses to families and communities,
  • An overview of common treatment approaches, 
  • ALGEE, the 5-step action plan

For more information or to register for the pre-conference Mental Health First Aid Training, click here. 

Questions? Contact or 281.272.2206.