Northeastern Center and partners to hold the third annual Latino Summit.

As in past years, the focus of the 2007 Summit will be “Building Sustainable Behavioral Health Initiatives in the Latino Community”. This year’s two-day event will be held at the Potawatomi Inn and Conference Center located at Pokagon State Park in Steuben County. The dates for the Summit are Thursday, November 8th, and Friday, November 9th.

Northeastern Center is a Community Mental Health Center that has provided behavioral health services to Northeast Indiana for over 30 years. Gilberto Perez Jr., Bienvenido Program Director for Northeastern Center, chairs the planning committee for the Latino Summit.

Planning committee partners for this year’s Summit include Drug Free Noble County, The Celebrate Diversity Project, Goshen College, Fort Wayne Police Department, Health Visions of Fort Wayne, The Bowen Center, The University of Notre Dame, Grace College, Indiana Purdue University Fort Wayne, and St. Mary’s College.

The 3rd Annual Summit will include four keynote speakers. Dr. Judith A. Monroe, M.D. from the Indiana State Department of Health. Dr. Delia Saldana, Ph.D. from the University of Texas Health Science Center, Cheryl Shearer, ACSW, LCSW, from the Family Social Services Administration, and Dr. Daniel Lende, Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame.

The Summit will also feature a number of presentations from Health, Education, and Law Enforcement, professionals. Presentation topics include: Preventing Child Neglect In At-Risk Mothers, “Bajo El Miso Techo Project: Implementation of Support Groups By Mental Health Promoters in LA County”, Hospitalization or Incarceration: Law Enforcement’s Response to Persons with Mental Illness, Abuse, Neglect & Violence Against Persons With Disabilities Within the Latino Community, Get the Lead Out ­ Saque El Plomo Fuera, Running a Bicultural Office, and Latino Immigrant Leadership in Northeast Indiana.

Persons seeking more information about this year’s Summit may call 1-800-229-5510 visit the Northeastern Center web page at