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Mental Health & Criminal Justice Summit

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our 2016 Mental Health & Criminal Justice Summit at the Indianapolis Marriott North on Friday, March 18, 2016. For highlights about the 2016 Summit please see the agenda, speakers, and program guide.

Check back for details on our 2017 event as we continue to create significant and positive changes in policies within the criminal justice system for people living with mental illnesses.

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Each year, we bring together leaders in Mental Health and Criminal Justice from across the state of Indiana. This year we discussed recent changes to Indiana law, including criminal code reform and Recovery Works, as well as the national Stepping Up Initiative, working together to reduce the number of individuals with mental illness brought to jail. 

This year, a panel of state leaders, including Kevin Moore, Director of the Indiana Division of Mental Health & Addiction, discussed and answered your questions regarding recent changes to Indiana law including Criminal Code Reform, Recovery Works, and more.

Our afternoon keynote presenter was Paton Blough. He's been seen and heard on NPR, CNN, The Huffington Post, and more. On March 18 he shared his story about the abrupt turn his life took after experiencing his first manic episode, his encounters with the criminal justice system, and how he now uses his experiences to help train Crisis Intervention Teams, to influence public policy, and to raise a voice of hope for mental health.
He also talked about the national Stepping Up Initiative and how we 
can get involved to reduce the number of individuals with mental illness in our jails.

Registration to the Summit included breakfast and lunch, continuing education credits (CEU, ILEA, and (pending approval) CLE/NLS), access to all exhibitors, as well as networking opportunities, plenary sessions, and workshops. Cost was $120.00 per person ($90.00 for NAMI Members, or Join NAMI and attend the Summit for $125.00). 

A limited number of Individual and Family Member Scholarships were available for individuals and family members impacted by mental illness. 

Featured workshop topics included:

•Forensic Treatment Programs (Lake Co. Jail team)
•Certified Mental Health Courts (Allen Co. Mental Health Court)
•Certified Veterans Courts (The V.A. Medical Center and partners)
•Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (The Indiana Judicial Center)
•Mental Illness & Reentry (InteCare and partners)
•Officer Self Care (IMPD)

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