Mental Health & Criminal Justice Summit


NAMI Indiana's 11th Annual Mental Health & Criminal Justice Summit took place Friday March 21, 2014, at the Indianapolis Marriott North in Indianapolis. The theme this year was "Crisis Intervention Teams". 


We were thrilled that our morning Keynote was presented by Major Sam Cochran (retired). Sam Cochran was the coordinator of the
Memphis Police Services Crisis Intervention Team (CIT).
He retired from the Memphis Police Department after over 30 years of service and now provides consultation to CIT programs throughout the nation, and is known internationally for his work in the field of crisis intervention.

"Defining CIT is sometimes erroneously presented as a law enforcement program..." In his Keynote Address, Major Cochran gave insight into the core elements of CIT: responsibility and accountability. In addition, a new component of the CIT model was introduced. Major Cochran also conducted an afternoon workshop on Active Listening Skills and De-Escalation Techniques.


Our afternoon Keynote was an inspiring story of Lived Experience.
Kevin Hines is an international speaker, author and mental health advocate who reaches audiences with his story of an unlikely survival 
and will to live. Two years after he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder (at age 19 years old), he attempted to take his own life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. He is one of thirty-three to survive the fall and is the only survivor who is actively spreading the message of living mentally healthy around the country and the globe. He has won awards for his outstanding work as a suicide prevention advocate. His memoir Cracked...Not Broken was published in the summer of 2013. 


Our annual Mental Health and Criminal Justice Summit creates significant momentum around positive systems and policy changes by bringing together a diverse set of stakeholder groups from across Indiana. The summit provides in-depth education, new tools, and networking opportunities for professionals and providers who work in the criminal justice field.


Summit participants include judges, law enforcement officers, attorneys, corrections policymakers and front-line staff, parole officers,
mental health providers, scholars and educators, nonprofit leaders, advocates, and people living with serious mental illness.
The summit is a powerful tool for networking, building bridges between systems, and entering
 into mutually beneficial collaborations and partnerships. It also leads to the desire for substantial training.

Our presenters encompass professionals from across a broad range of the mental health and criminal justice spectrum. Law enforcement officers who have specialized training to help individuals experiencing crisis, advocates and mental health providers, staff from the Indiana Department of Correction, researchers, and more, will share their programs, procedures, and insights with our audience. 

Workshops explored Crisis Intervention Teams for Youth, Crisis Intervention Teams in Corrections, Crisis Intervention for Veterans, Research, Active Listening & De-Escalation Techniques, and more.

The Registration Fee for our Summit includes materials, giveaways, continental breakfast, lunch, plenary sessions, Keynote addresses, and free parking. A limited number of scholarships are available for Consumers and their Family Members. For information about scholarships, contact Marianne Halbert.

Continental breakfast and Check-In were from 8:15 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. The Summit began at 9:00 a.m. and concluded at 4:00 p.m.

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ILEA, CEU, and CLE(NLS) credits were available.

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> Questions? Contact Marianne Halbert at:


800-677-6442
317-925-9399