Mental Health & Criminal Justice Summit


NAMI Indiana's 12th Annual Mental Health & Criminal Justice Summit will take place Friday March 20, 2015, at the Indianapolis Marriott North in Indianapolis.  Download a Registration Form or register online by credit card. Early-bird registration fee ends on March 6, 2015, so register early!

If you would like to have an Exhibitor Table download Exhibitor Registration Form

We are thrilled that our morning Keynote will be presented by Cook County (Illinois) Sheriff Thomas Dart. At the Cook County Department of Corrections, the Sheriff oversees a population of over 12,000 that includes inmates both housed on-site and ordered to alternative programs such as electronic monitoring. From addressing concerns surrounding general overcrowding and a growing mental health population to developing environmentally sustainable initiatives for inmates, Sheriff Dart has been hailed for his progressive reforms to improve and maintain the safety and security of all those housed and employed at the Cook County Jail.
There are approximately 2,500-3,000 people with diagnosed mental illness housed in the jail on any given day, making it the largest mental health facility in the country. Sheriff Dart firmly believes that a service provider is a far more productive setting than a jail for those with mental illness. In 2013, he launched the Office of Mental Health Policy & Advocacy, which operates a 24-hour Care Line for mentally ill ex-inmates and families of current mentally ill inmates, while screening all pre-bond detainees for mental illness. Sheriff Dart has received many awards from national and local mental health advocacy organizations for his push to end what has become a de facto criminalization of mental illness. You can view our Agenda and all of our presenters' Bios to learn more about this year's event.  


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, and more, will share their programs, procedures, and insights with our audience. 

Our afternoon plenary session, "Detecting Schizophrenia", will be presented by Alan Breier, M.D., IU School of Medicine and PARC. Workshops will cover Crisis Intervention Teams for Youth, Traumatic Brain Injury in the Justice System, the expansion of mental health programs and therapeutic communities at the Indiana Department of Correction, Mental Health Re-Entry Parole Liaisons,  Homeless Outreach, and an "In Our Own Voice" presentation.

The Registration Fee for our Summit includes materials, giveaways, continental breakfast, lunch, plenary sessions, Keynote address, access to exhibitors, free wifi during the event, 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 will be from 8:15 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. The Summit will begin at 9:00 a.m. and conclude at 4:00 p.m.

To receive updates on the Summit, our other Criminal Justice trainings, and news related to Mental Health & Criminal Justice, click the Criminal Justice Facebook link along the left side of this page.

ILEA, CEU, and CLE(NLS) credits will be available pending approval.

For overnight guests who want to book a hotel room, visit the Indianapolis Marriott North .

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> Questions? Contact Marianne Halbert at:


800-677-6442
317-925-9399