National DEC Conference Information
August 24-27, 2021
State DEC pre-event August 23 (details coming soon)
Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center, Nashville, TN
This conference brings together professionals from across the United States, including:
Child Protective Services
District Attorneys & Staff
Mental Health and Counselling Professionals
Attorney Generals & Staff
Treatment Services (In-Home & Other)
Federal, state, and local government departments
Teachers and other school personnel
The conference will be in person at the Gaylord has implemented protocols to maintain attendee’s health and safety. The conference schedule will be available soon. We have organized nationally recognized keynoters and workshop presenters. The conference will be of benefit to participants from all professions and disciplines.
Located in beautiful Nashville, Tennessee, the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center is a 15-minute walk from The Grand Ole Opry and Cooter's Place. This 4-star resort is 2.3 miles from Opry Mills and 9.4 miles from The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
Hotel rates are the GSA per diem rate of $207 (plus taxes) per night. Reservations can be made by clicking here or by calling the Opryland Hotel directly at (615) 889-1000. When making your reservation, request the group rate for the National/Tennessee Alliance for Drug Endangered Children.
* All guests will be charged a first-night room deposit when they make their reservation.
** Discounted self-parking at Opryland is available for just $27.00 a day, and valet parking is available for $40.00 daily.
Call for Presenters:
Conference Sponsor & Exhibit Hall application:
Call for Silent Auction Items: The 2021 DEC Conference will feature a silent auction. We are seeking silent auction items. Please consider preparing a silent auction donation; something that is representative of your state or local community that would be a fun, unique item for others to bid on. There might be special recognition for the best silent auction item(s)! Proceeds from the silent auction support the 2021 conference.