Each year, NAMI Indiana pulls together a diverse group of leaders from the criminal justice field to provide education and new tools for professionals. The Mental Health and Criminal Justice Summit creates significant and positive changes in policies within the criminal justice system.
Our speakers and presenters for the summit include professionals from across a broad range of the mental health and criminal justice spectrum. This annual event gives participants the opportunity to network, collaborate and form partnerships. We hope that these connections will bring changes to those living with mental illnesses that may come into contact with the criminal justice system.
People who attend this event include judges, law enforcement, corrections policy makers, legislators, parole officers, mental health providers, nonprofit leaders, advocates, and people living with serious mental illnesses.
In 2015, the Mental Health and Criminal Justice Summit welcomed more than 250 participants, speakers and volunteers focused on bringing change and training to Indiana’s criminal justice system. The morning keynote speaker, Cook County, Illinois, Sheriff Thomas Dart, provided an overview of the problems that jails face when dealing with the alarming number of mentally ill inmates. Sheriff Dart introduced the changes he has made in the Cook County jail and talked about needed changes in criminal justice policy.
The past summit speakers have included Crisis Intervention Teams founder, Lt. Sam Cochran. He partnered with members of NAMI, local universities, and local mental health providers and in 1988 developed the CIT training for law enforcement. CIT is now in communities across the US.