2016 Summit Presenters

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Afternoon Keynote Speaker: 
"From Handcuffs to Hope"

Paton Blough

Paton Blough is a riveting interactive speaker with an amazing story of his struggles and healing while coming to terms with his mental illness. He had a successful life with a thriving business and a good marriage before bipolar type 1 disorder took over. In a matter of a few short years he lost everything including his hope and dignity. He found himself living in a car with an ankle monitor on after 6 arrests and 6 psychiatric hospitalizations. In 2009 his life began to turn around through education, support, advocacy and a second marriage. Since that time he has now won numerous awards and has launched a successful mental health advocacy career through his website Rehinge. Paton's work has culminated recently by becoming a NAMI SC state board member, successfully passing The SC Mental Health Program Act and becoming a national spokesman for the Stepping Up Initiative.

Morning Plenary Session Panel: 
“Policy Reform in Behavioral Health and Criminal Justice: Treatment in Lieu of Incarceration”

Kevin Moore
Director, State of Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, Division of Mental Health and Addiction

Kevin Moore is the Director for the State of Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, Division of Mental Health and Addiction. He was appointed Director on January 1, 2012, and is responsible for the public mental health and addiction treatment system including the 6 state psychiatric hospitals. He was appointed after serving as the Assistant Director for DMHA for 2 years where he directly supervised the operations at each of the state psychiatric hospitals as they integrated the values and goals of the recovery model. Prior to being appointed Assistant Director for DMHA, he served as the Division’s Bureau Chief for Child and Adolescent Services where his focus was on expanding the children’s system of care throughout the state. Prior to joining DMHA, he worked 24 years with the Department of Correction in a variety of direct service and administrative positions including superintendent at 2 facilities and Executive Director of Juvenile Services

Stephen C. McCaffrey, JD
President and CEO of Mental Health America of Indiana

Stephen is the President and CEO of Mental Health America of Indiana and Principal with The Third House, LLC. 

Stephen serves as the Chair of the Indiana Division of Mental Health Advisory Committee and Chair of the Treatment Committee for the Attorney General’s Task Force on Prescription Drug Abuse. He also serves as a member of the state team for Indiana Evidence Based Decision Making as well as the Board of Directors of Managed Health Services. In addition, Stephen serves on the national board of Mental Health America and the national MHA Public Policy Committee. Further, Stephen serves on the board of the National Institute for Public Safety Health.

Most recently Stephen served as Chair of Hoosiers for a Healthier Indiana. He was also a member of the HHS Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Effective Health Care Stakeholder Group and was Co-Chairman of the DMHA/DDARS Dual Diagnosis Task Force. In addition, Stephen served on the Cenpatico National Advisory Board and the Indiana Interagency Autism Coordinating Council.

Stephen holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Purdue University and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the Indiana University School of Law.

Larry A. Landis 
Indiana Public Defender Council

Larry A. Landis has been the Executive Director of the IPDC since 1980. He has conducted over 350 seminars and workshops, published six manuals and numerous articles on criminal defense and has lectured extensively on a variety of criminal justice topics. Larry drafted the legislation that created the Indiana Public Defender Commission in 1989. He works with the Indiana General Assembly on all criminal and juvenile justice bills. He was a member of the Criminal Code Evaluation Commission and the Criminal Law and Sentencing Policy Study Committee that revised the Indiana Criminal Code in 2014.

Daniel Miller 
Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council

Dan Miller is a graduate of the Indiana University School of Law in Bloomington (J.D. 1989). He was clerk for the Honorable William I. Garrard, Indiana Court of Appeals, Third District. He was a deputy prosecutor with the Vanderburgh Co. Prosecutor’s Office from August, 1990 until December, 2010. During that time, he served with the Drug Law Enforcement Program, handling drug felonies and forfeitures. In 2004, he became the Director of the Vanderburgh Co. Drug Law Enforcement Program. He further served as First Deputy Prosecutor in Warrick Co., and in January, 2011, was named Chief Deputy Prosecutor, a position he held until October, 2014, when he joined the staff at the Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council.

Sara K. Cozad, MSW, LCSW 
Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction

Sara Cozad is the Assistant Deputy Director of Adult Services with the Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction (DMHA).  In her role, Mrs. Cozad works to oversee programming areas including: Serious Mental Illness and Co-occurring Disorders, Problem Gambling Services, Older Adult Services, Housing Assistance, Emergency Preparedness, and Forensic Treatment Services.  Prior to joining DMHA, Sara spent seven years working for a Community Mental Health Center in Indianapolis.  During her time at the CMHC, Sara took the opportunity to gain experiences in several different roles.  She provided direct practice care to a variety of populations, with a focus on trauma and working with family systems.  Sara also worked as a clinical supervisor for an outpatient team of clinicians, while continuing to work in direct service.  In 2011, she shifted her professional focus solely to leadership and administration within the CMHC.  Sara held clinical leadership positions in Outpatient, DCS, and School-based Services, prior to becoming the Director of Clinical Training and Development in 2013.  As Director of Training, Sara worked to onboard hundreds of new employees and provided ongoing clinical best practice trainings to all staff.  In her role at DMHA, Mrs. Cozad continues to focus her energy on sharing information on best practices and advancing mental health and addiction treatment services in Indiana.

Certified Mental Health Courts

Hon. Thomas J. Felts
Judge, Allen County Circuit Court
Hon. Thomas J. Felts is judge of the Allen Circuit Court, having been first elected in 2002 and re-elected in 2008 and 2014. Previously, he served as a magistrate for the court and was an associate, then partner at the firm Burt Blee Dixon Sutton & Bloom LLP. Judge Felts received his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame in 1976 and his J.D. from the I.U. Maurer School of Law in 1979. He is a member of the Allen County and Indiana State bar associations.

Judge Felts currently serves as a member of the boards of directors for the Indiana Judicial Conference, Indiana Judges Association, Indiana State Bar Association, Allen County Community Corrections, St. Joseph Community Health Foundation and the Metropolitan YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne. He is also a member of the Indiana General Assembly Interim Committee on Courts & the Judiciary and the Board of Visitors for Indiana Tech Law School.

Amy Kreiger
Allen Co. Community Corrections

Amy Kreiger has worked at Allen Co. Community Corrections for over 20 years. She currently holds the position of Deputy Assistant Director, managing all the human resource responsibilities for the agency, along with holding the Interim Problem Solving Court Coordinator position for three of the four problem solving courts in Allen County. She played an integral role in the development of the Allen Circuit Restoration Court, the Allen Superior Reentry Court and assisted in the development the Allen Circuit Veterans Court joint venture with Allen Superior Drug Court in November of 2013. Amy has also served as a member in the Problem Solving Courts Rules Workgroup in developing the Problem Solving Court Rules for the Indiana Judicial Center. She has worked consistently with officials from the Indiana Department of Correction, Allen County Adult and Juvenile Probation, Indiana Department of Parole Services, in specific Parole District 2, while participating on a number of task forces throughout the state.

M. Peggy Jones, LCSW, LMFT 
Allen Co. Community Corrections

M. Peggy Jones holds licenses in clinical social work, addictions counseling, and marriage and family therapy. Her experience includes fifteen years as director of a mental health clinic, private practice therapy, and several associate faculty positions at both Purdue and Trine Universities. She is presently the Clinical CBT Coordinator for Allen County Community Corrections.

Justin Miller
Program Coordinator, Indiana Judicial Center

Justin Miller is a program coordinator for Court Services at the Indiana Judicial Center. He was employed by Marion County as case manager in the drug treatment court and re-entry court for three years he also served as a Marion county probation officer for two years prior to joining the Indiana Judicial Center. He received his Master's Degree in Criminology from Indiana State University.

Christa C. Cook 
Allen Co. Public Defender’s Office

Christa C. Cook received her B.A. at Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne (IPFW), and her J.D. at University of Toledo Law School. As an Allen Co. Deputy Public Defender for seventeen years, Christa represents many clients with mental, psychological, and substance use disorders. Christa served in the originally established Allen County Circuit Court Forensic Diversion Program. Since its subsequent certification as the Allen County Circuit Court Restoration Court Program, in a supportive role to Allen County Deputy Public Defender Mark A. Thoma, Christa has continued to serve in the Restoration Court as the deputy public defender representative.

Michael McAlexander 
Allen Co. Prosecutor's Office

Michael McAlexander is the Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Allen County. He has held this position since 2002. He has been with the office since 1984, except from 1989 to 1992, when he was the Director of Public Safety for the City of Fort Wayne. He has had numerous positions as a prosecutor, including felony trial deputy, and supervising attorney for child support, juvenile and adult protective services. He is a US Navy veteran and a graduate of Indiana University at Fort Wayne and Indiana University School of Law at Indianapolis.

Ted Murphy
Allen Co. Community Corrections

Ted Murphy received his Bachelor degree from Indiana University in 2007. After graduation he was hired by Allen County Community Corrections and currently serves as Section Chief of the Case Management Division working directly with offenders and staff members of the Allen County Restoration Court.

Officer Self Care

Sergeant Nathan Barlow
Recruit Training/Survival Tactics Supervisor, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department

Sergeant Nathan “Nate” Barlow is the Unit Supervisor for the Survival Tactics Unit responsible for officer physical fitness and use of force training. Joining the department in 1997, he has served as a staff member and class coordinator at the Training Academy since 2008 and joined the IMPD Leadership Academy Faculty in 2011. Nate has served in patrol, as an Accident Investigator, District Detective, Weed and Seed Coordinator, Operations Sergeant, ERG Squad Leader, and Field Training Officer, and has held an advisory position to the Citizen Police Complaint Board. Nate is IMPD’s federally recognized Subject Matter Expert on police training and use of force. He provides expert testimony at departmental, state, and federal levels. He is a veteran of the United States Army and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree.

 Indiana's Juvenile Detention Alternative (JDAI)

Nancy Wever, LSW
Team Leader, Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) 

Nancy joined the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) Team at the Indiana Supreme Court – Indiana Judicial Center in April, 2014. She began as a Juvenile Justice Strategist and promoted to Team Leader in August, 2015. As a Juvenile Justice Strategist, Nancy was responsible for supporting the local jurisdictions as they implement JDAI. She worked to ensure fidelity to the JDAI model and to provide access to a network of resources for the local JDAI communities. As Team Leader, Nancy supports the other Strategists in this work and collaborates with state-level partner agencies to move forward JDAI as Indiana’s platform for juvenile justice system improvement.

Nancy is a native of Fort Wayne, Indiana. She earned a Bachelor of Arts at Indiana University in 1992, majoring in Criminal Justice and minoring in Business. Nancy began her professional career with the Allen Superior Court in 1992, first working in the juvenile detention center then as a Juvenile Probation Officer from 1994-2004. She relocated to Indianapolis and earned a Master of Social Work degree from Indiana University (IUPUI) in 2006.

Tashi Teuschler

Juvenile Justice Strategist, Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI)

Tashi Teuschler serves as a Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) Juvenile Justice Strategist at the Indiana Judicial Center. In this capacity, she works with local communities to implement the eight core strategies of JDAI. Mrs. Teuschler works collaboratively with other results oriented leaders at the local, state, and national level to develop and implement data-driven strategies designed to enhance Indiana’s juvenile justice system improvement efforts, including the reduction of racial, ethnic, and gender disparities. 

Prior to assuming her current role with the Indiana Judicial Center, she worked and volunteered in different capacities in the public and non-profit sectors with the objective of improving the lives of at risk youth and their families. Mrs. Teuschler earned her Bachelor of Arts in Human Development and Social Relations from Earlham College and her Master of Public Affairs with a criminal justice concentration from Indiana University. She enjoys traveling to different places, including her native country of Jamaica. She values being active and sharing her life experiences with her daughter and husband.

Veterans Treatment Courts

Jennifer York
Probation Officer, Montgomery County Probation Department

Jennifer York graduated from Indiana State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. She has been a Probation Officer with the Montgomery County Probation Department for 16 years. She has been the Director of the Montgomery County Court Alcohol & Drug Program since 2004. Ms. York is a Certified Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselor (CADAC II) and a Court Substance Abuse Management Specialist (CSAMS). She assisted in developing the Montgomery County Drug Court Program and has been the Coordinator for that program since its inception in 2011. She added the role as Veteran's Treatment Court Coordinator in January 2016.    

Eric Cutts
Probation Officer, Montgomery County Probation Department

Eric Cutts graduated from University of Indianapolis with a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice. He is an Indiana Law Enforcement Academy graduate. He has worked in bank fraud investigations and retail loss prevention. He has been a Probation Officer with the Montgomery County Probation Department for 2 years. He has been the Case Manager for the Montgomery County Drug Court and Montgomery County Veteran’s Treatment Court since February 2015. Mr. Cutts is a Court Substance Abuse Management Specialist (CSAMS).

Hal Johnston 
Indianapolis Veterans Court

Hal serves as the Indianapolis Veterans Court Coordinator, a position he has held since being appointed by Judge David Certo in July 2015. As Court Coordinator, his primary duty is to ensure the proper functioning of the court by managing such matters as finance, budgets and grants to reviewing veteran referrals to determine military service eligibility. He also advises the court on military law, customs and regulations. As an Army veteran of 30 years of active duty and reserve service, including combat tours in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, he meets with the veterans in order to share experiences and let them know that as brothers in arm we continue to watch out for each other. By coordinating a team of skilled attorneys and service providers, Hal makes it his mission every day to help his fellow vets get back on their feet, rebuild their lives, and restore their sense of hope and honor and dignity.

Mark Mayhew 
Veterans Healthcare Administration

Mark Mayhew is a clinical social worker who has been with the Veterans Healthcare Administration since 2006. He’s worked as a clinician in substance abuse settings, both residential and outpatient, and in a day hospital setting working with veterans with SMI. For the last five years, Mark has held the position of Veterans Justice Outreach Coordinator. As such, he works with multiple courts, jails, probation departments, and attorneys in central Indiana with the goal of identifying veterans involved with the criminal justice system for reasons relating to mental health and substance abuse issues, with the goal of connecting them with appropriate services to reduce the risk of recidivism.

Gordon Smith 
Marion Co. Veterans Court

Gordon Smith has been the Mentor Coordinator for the Marion County Veterans Court since March, 2015. In that capacity, he develops and implements the IVC Mentoring Program, recruits, screens, tracks, and trains volunteer veteran mentors, and matches participants with mentors, in addition to other duties. Gordon earned his A.S. in General Science from Vincennes University in 1977, his B.S. in General Studies from Indiana University in 2009, his M.S. in Education from Indiana University Indianapolis in 2015, and will complete his PhD. in International Politics and Economics from American University, DC. in 2018.

The Indiana Mental Health Management Project - A Reentry Program that is Working!

Hope Artis
Reentry Coordinator, InteCare, 

Hope Artis proudly identifies as a person in recovery from serious mental illness. She has 6 years of experience working in community mental health as both a trainer for the Hospitality Certification Program and Employment Specialist. She has been recognized for business and training accomplishments as well as her work locally with persons with mental illnesses. In 2002 she received the Outstanding Performance in Business and Industry Award from The Center for Leadership Development. She has received a Certification of Recognition from former Indianapolis mayor, Gregory A. Ballard,  in 2009. In 2010 she was awarded a recognition from the Indianapolis City-County Council and in 2011, on behalf of the Hospitality Certification Program, was presented the Mayors Access and Inclusion Employment Award. Hope is currently on the board of Allies IN Recovery and is the Training Coordinator for the Emotional CPR training program here in Indiana. Hope is also an eCPR Practitioner and Trainer, a Community Health Worker/Certified Recovery Specialist as well as a CHW/CRS Trainer.

John Hosler 
Indiana Department of Correction

John Hosler is currently an IDOC Indiana State Parole Agent for Parole District 3 (All Marion County) handling the Specialized Mental Health caseload. John has worked for the Department of Correction for the past 16 years and has been a Parole Officer for the last 5 years. The 11 years prior to Parole John worked in the Plainfield Correctional Facility State Prison ending as a Captain and Shift Supervisor. Successfully working with special needs mental health, service providers and correctional staff that aid them has been always been a necessary part of his career. John is IDOC CTS (Certified Treatment Specialist) certified and IMPD CIT (Crisis Intervention Teams) certified.

Lara Williams 

Lara Williams has 20 years of experience working in community mental health focusing on a recovery and a person centered approach. Lara served as the Director of Quality Improvement for a Community-based Mental Health Organization in Massachusetts for 10 years before moving to Indianapolis in 2009. Lara played a key role helping the organization establish a recovery oriented model of services, introducing peer-support workers into the organization and developed a training series on Recovery. Lara currently works at InteCare, Inc. as the Quality Improvement and Special Projects Coordinator and is the Executive Director of Allies of Indiana, a peer-run organization with a focus on bringing innovative peer-run initiatives to Indiana including Peer-run Respite and Wellness Centers, Emotional CPR and CommonGround. Lara is a Certified Zentangle Teacher and an Emotional CPR Trainer.

Justice and Mental Health: Crafting Opportunities for Creative Collaboration

Dr. Shaun Wehle 
Lake Co. Sheriff's Department

Dr. Shaun Wehle is the Director of Mental Health for the Lake County Sheriff's Department. His work in corrections began over ten years ago when he started working as a detention officer at the Lake County Juvenile Detention Center. Dr. Wehle later pursued graduate training in clinical psychology and received his doctorate in clinical psychology. Upon graduating, he took a job at the Lake County Jail as the Clinical Supervisor and was in charge of developing an innovative correctional mental health program incorporating custody officers and mental health professionals working together to provide treatment and ensure safety and security for all inmates. Dr. Wehle and his team developed integrated direct supervision. He was later promoted to Director of Mental Health. In this role he has been tasked with oversight of the mental health of a 1000 capacity jail, management of integrated direct supervision housing unit, support to the Lake County Veterans Treatment Court, and is currently working on developing a mental health problem solving court in Lake County, IN.

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