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2018 Call for Proposals

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The 2018 Call for Proposals is now open for submissions.

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Submission Deadline: November 30, 2017

At our Fit for the Future event, we will offer a traditional mixture of keynote speakers, plenary discussions and workshop panels. All workshop panels will fall within four dedicated “fitness” tracks:

  • Track 1: Personal Fitness - What can individuals do for themselves to stay healthy for the future, focusing on exercise, nutrition and overall mental wellness?
  • Track 2: Fit Programs - What are some of the most promising innovations in research and programming currently available or will be available to the field in the coming years?
  • Track 3: Fit Practices - How is collaboration, integration, accountability, and outcomes-based thinking in providing services changing the way we treat mental illnesses?
  • Track 4: Fit Policy - What are the opportunities to build on the foundation of mental health reform in 2018 and beyond? How do we seize and act upon them for meaningful change?

We’re looking for cool concepts and bold ideas, cutting-edge innovations, and evidence-based initiatives in all tracks. We’re looking for programs and practices that are, frankly, more innovative than you’d typically get at the big, traditional conferences that also offer content to practitioners, advocates, family members, and people with lived experience.

Because our conference is different – more hands-on, more diverse in its audience, more intimate, more dynamic, more energetic, more fun – we want all our participants to leave with a better understanding about what great, new things they can do when they go home to improve the mental health of our population.

Submission Instructions and Guidelines

Online submissions only. The webform is the preferred method. If you have trouble completing the form, please email your application to Erin Wallace at

MHA may duplicate tracks depending on time and quality of submissions. Additional consideration will be given to any MHA affiliate that submits a breakout proposal that highlights programs and/or perspectives within the breakout categories.

Review and Selection Process

The process to accept workshops is very selective. There are a very limited number of slots available, and the final decision is at the discretion of MHA.

Please note: All workshop presenters are responsible for all travel-related expenses, including transportation and hotel accommodations. Do not submit a proposal if you cannot accept responsibility for travel-related expenses.

Plenary sessions and keynotes will be determined solely by MHA. If a submission warrants a plenary session instead of a workshop, MHA will make that determination and inform the submitter. If similar proposals are submitted, it is at the discretion of MHA to combine speakers/presentations. If you are not selected, please feel free to consider re-applying next year.

There will also be pre-conference sessions on June 13, 2018 for MHA affiliates and invited guests only (schedule TBD). That agenda is determined internally and through a different process.

  • Acknowledgement: Upon receipt of your submission, you will receive an e-mail acknowledgement.
  • Notifications: We will notify all submitters about the status of their submission by January 19, 2018.
  • Follow-up: In the spring of 2018, MHA staff will contact presenters to discuss each workshop and bring together participants and moderators to discuss details via at least one telephone call. This pre-call is required for participation.

MHA staff will also help presenters ascertain audiovisual needs and ensure each breakout room is adequately set-up. Handouts are allowed but not required for each session. MHA is not responsible for the printing, collection or distribution of physical handouts and materials, which must be handled by the presenter(s). All materials and presentation files must be finalized and submitted to MHA staff no later than May 31, 2018.

If Accepted

If accepted, presenters will receive a free conference registration and are welcome to attend the entire conference, including meals, receptions, and plenary events for June 14-16, 2018. Only MHA affiliates can attend the pre-conference day on June 13, 2018.

As noted above, all workshop presenters are responsible for all travel-related expenses, including transportation and hotel accommodations. MHA will arrange for a room block at the Hyatt Regency Washington Capitol Hill where presenters can receive a discounted rate.


Please contact Erin Wallace, Chief Communications Officer, at or (703) 797-2588.

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