Alternatives to Police / Mobile Crisis

The Law & Mental Health Conference is the premiere online educational event dedicated to the intersection of law and mental illness. Since 2000 the Conference has brought together expert speakers and teachers with legal, clinical, and lived experience. The Conference is designed for attorneys, law enforcement, public and private clinicians; public healthcare and hospital administrators, social workers, policy designers and legislators, and organizations and individuals involved with the care and welfare of people with mental illness, addiction, and alcoholism.

LMHC Conference Program 2023 UPDATED with daily schedule

Alternatives to Police / Mobile Crisis was a two-day online interactive program, July 6 & 7, with 11.5 continuing education credits through the National Association of Social Workers and the Oregon State Bar. Day One focused on policy, data, and research, and Day Two had reports from city-based teams around the country.

Conference Coordinator Jason Renaud starts the 2023 program by welcoming attendees.

Congressman Adam Smith (WA-D) delivers a keynote talk on Federal support for mobile crisis teams and how developing local mobile crisis supports local social and health care services. Also included in a question and answer session with Conference Coordinator Jason Renaud.

Madison Wisconsin Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway spoke at the 2023 Law & Mental Health Crisis on the development and operations of mobile crisis teams in her city, and then answered questions from conference attendees.

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Session Speakers

Understanding the Criminalization of Psychiatric Disabilities Through the Lens of Critical Disability Theory 

Professor Jamelia Morgan is the founding Faculty Director of the Center for Racial and Disability Justice at the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law.

Professor Morgan is an award-winning and acclaimed scholar and teacher focusing on issues at the intersection of race, gender, disability, and criminal law and punishment. Her scholarship and teaching examine the development of disability as a legal category in American law, disability and policing, over-criminalization and the regulation of physical and social disorder, and the constitutional dimensions of the criminalization of status.

Jordyn Jensen, M.Ed. is the Executive Director of the Center for Racial and Disability Justice at the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law.

Jordyn is someone with multiple disabilities, chronic illnesses, and psychiatric disability diagnoses. Her personal experience with disability contributes greatly to her interest, leadership, and service in this area. Jordyn’s interdisciplinary research and teaching involves critical disability studies, disability policy, the history of urbanization for people with disabilities in the U.S., and the criminalization of disability.

You Can’t Pour From An Empty Cup – The Effects of Vicarious Trauma

Courtney Tassin LPC is the Crisis Intervention Program Manager for the City of Aurora, Colorado where she oversees four mental health / emergency services collaboration programs to include an alternative response, law enforcement co-response, targeted violence prevention program, and a cold weather emergency activation team. Prior to this role she served three years on the Aurora Police Department’s co-responder model, the Crisis Response Team, and was then chosen to build the City’s first alternative response model, the Aurora Mobile Response Team.

Civilian Crisis Response: Strategies and Success Stories in Equitable Program Development

Jackson Beck is a senior program associate with the Vera Institute of Justice’s Redefining Public Safety initiative. His projects focus on improving emergency responses and promoting community-based care for people with unmet mental health and substance use needs. This work includes researching programs that dispatch civilian crisis responders instead of police and partnering with local practitioners and advocates to drive change in their own public safety ecosystems.

Jason Tan de Bibiana is a senior research associate with the Vera Institute of Justice’s Redefining Public Safety initiative. His work focuses on the intersections of public health issues and criminal legal system responses, including improving access to community-based care for substance use and mental health issues and advancing alternatives to arrest and incarceration. This has included research on civilian crisis response programs, offices of violence prevention and neighborhood safety, and suicide prevention and harm reduction strategies.

Mobile Response Teams in Baltimore: A crisis center’s experience

Quinita Garrett LCPC, NCC is the Director of Call Center, Mobile Crisis and System Coordination at Baltimore Crisis Response, Inc (BCRI). Quinita has worked for BCRI over nine years in various roles; including as a mental health clinician on their Mobile Response Team.

Quinita also works part time providing individual, family, and group therapy as a licensed clinical professional counselor.

The City of Madison’s Community Alternative Emergency Services (CARES) Team

Assistant Chief Ché Stedman has been a member of the Madison Fire Department since 1996. He has served as a firefighter, paramedic, lieutenant, training captain, and division chief. He is currently the Assistant Chief of Medical Affairs for the Department.

Ché holds a master’s degree in Rehabilitation Psychology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and has worked as a part-time vocational rehabilitation counselor at the Madison Veterans Administration Hospital. Ché oversees the Madison Community Alternative Response Emergency Services (CARES) as the program coordinator.

CARE Chicago

Tiffany Patton-Burnside, LCSW is Senior Director of Crisis Services for the Chicago Public Health Department and has worked in the field for over 20 years, providing services and attending to those with social/emotional needs. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from UIC, a Master’s degree in Social Work from Dominican University, and in 2009 became an LCSW. She has been in leadership for the last half of her career. Her ultimate goal is and has always been to be a change agent for those who live with social and emotional challenges.

Mobile crisis services and neurodivergence: What you need to know to recognize and support autistic and other neurodivergent persons

Mitzi Waltz, PhDAthena Institute of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam teaches and conducts research in partnership with disabled people, with a focus on developing inclusive education, social care, healthcare, housing and employment through training, program and systems change, and policy development.

She has previously led the Autism Studies programs at the University of Birmingham and Sheffield Hallam University in the UK, and currently works with the Athena Institute of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, and with Disability Studies in Nederland.

Mobile crisis services and neurodivergence: What you need to know PPT for session

Expanding First Response: Tools for building, strengthening and moving community response work forward

Melissa McKee – policy analyst and Shontelle Ramsay – policy analyst work for the CSG – Justice Center, Community Responder Team. With a background in direct service and non-profit leadership rooted in personal lived experience, they bring a wealth of information for policy development, education, and technical assistance.

Session Pre-Read – A Toolkit for Community Responder Programs

Mobile Crisis in Portland, Oregon

Jackie Thomson MSW works for Cascadia Health as their Senior Director of Crisis Services where she oversees Project Respond, mobile crisis team, and their Urgent Walk-in Clinic. After earning her Master of Social Work degree in 2013, Jackie working in homeless services in Spokane, then made the decision to move to Portland, where she got the opportunity to join Cascadia Behavioral Health and help develop the Shelter Behavioral Health Team.

Once that program was up and running, Jackie became a co-manager of Cascadia’s Project Respond, overseeing all programs under that branch. Jackie became Senior Director of Crisis Services in 2021 and now oversees all of the crisis response systems within Cascadia.

Implementing 988; Philadelphia’s Adult Crisis System Transformation

Dr. Sosunmolu Shoyinka is the Chief Medical Officer for the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services. In this role, Dr Shoyinka leverages health system policy and process improvement strategies to assure optimal population health for approximately 1.6 million Philadelphians. As Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Shoyinka led the redesign of Philadelphia’s crisis system, in preparation for the implementation of 988. In July 2022, Philadelphia was recognized as a model City for 988 implementation by the Biden Administration.

Dr. Shoyinka served as Medical Director for Sunflower and Home State Health Plans and was director for the Missouri Behavioral Pharmacy Management program. The latter program resulted in cost savings of over $10 million over a decade. While at Centene, Dr Shoyinka co-led the design of analytic software that facilitates population health management for individuals with substance use conditions. He is also a co-developer of the SMART Tool, which facilitates self-directed anti-racism work within organizations.

Dr. Shoyinka trained at Yale, Columbia, and New York University. He is Triple Board certified and holds an MBA from the Kelley School of Business. Dr. Shoyinka is a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania and a Fellow of the Philadelphia College of Physicians. He also serves on the Board of the American Association for Community Psychiatry, the Medical Director Institute of the National Council, and the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry.

Dayton Mediation Response Unit: Conflict to Conversation in the Community

Raven Cruz Loaiza joined the Dayton Mediation Response Unit as the Coordinator of the new Mediation Response Unit Team after more than two decades of experience in senior management, community development, project management in the fields of law enforcement, children services, juvenile probation and victim services.

Raven was the director of a rape crisis and anti-human trafficking department in the non-profit sector of victim services. Raven’s knowledge of relationship building, community development and program development paved the way to develop multiple rape crisis centers throughout Ohio. Raven also developed and managed several anti-human trafficking coalition chapters that trained hundreds of people on how to identify and report potential human trafficking situations and developed countywide protocols for response to human trafficking.

Responding to Crises on Campus: Past, Present, and a Vision for the Future

Dr. Isabelle Lanser received her PhD from the clinical psychology doctoral program at the University of California, Los Angeles. Throughout graduate school, Dr. Lanser’s research focused on loneliness in young adults, seeking to understand how serious mental illnesses can disrupt relationships by taking young people out of their social worlds and making it difficult for them to maintain or re-establish interpersonal connections. Dr. Lanser is passionate about improving the scalability, accessibility, and engagement in mental health services. Her work focuses on educating clinicians about systemic biases in healthcare and shaping policies that increase the safety of seeking emergency mental health services. She currently works as a postdoctoral research fellow at UCLA.

Organizing for Community Safety – in Columbus Ohio

Stephen David MSW is a community organizer with the Columbus Safety Collective, a community coalition dedicated to establishing non-police emergency response for the city of Columbus. He is a licensed social worker specializing in social work education, political engagement and social policy. He lives in south Columbus with his wife and two children.

Community Crisis Response Partnerships

Steve Miccio is Chief Executive Officer of People USA. Inspired and driven by his personal lived experience, Steve has spent over two decades creating, providing, and promoting innovative crisis response services and systems-level improvements – across the United States and internationally – that raise the bar on customer service, person-centered communication, trauma-informed care, empathy, and positive expectations for people’s recovery & wellness outcomes. Steve’s unique models and approaches significantly reduce hospital utilization, incarceration rates, and overall healthcare spending.

DOWNLOAD – People USA operated Mobile Teams – PPT

Utilizing Community Paramedics in an Interagency Response to Street Conditions

April Sloan is Operations Section Chief in the Community Paramedic Division at the San Francisco Fire Department. Chief Sloan is an experienced EMS professional with 25 years of experience. She started her career in 1997 and obtained an AS in Emergency Medical Services in 2000. Her experience includes transport medic, Tactical Emergency Medicine and Community Paramedic Captain. She was the senior captain tasked with implementing the Street Crisis Response Team in 2020. Being of service to others is core belief of hers.

Mobile Crisis Teams in St. Louis

With nearly 15 years of experience as a dedicated leader and advocate for social services, Felicia Spratt’s career has been centered around serving highly vulnerable populations and communities. She has been recognized for her ability to foster community coalitions, forge strategic interagency partnerships, and spearhead transformative change at a community level including the establishment of the groundbreaking Crisis Response Street and Triage Unit, known as 911 Call Diversion, in St. Louis. This innovative program involves transferring emergency calls from the city’s 911 Dispatch Communication Center to BHR, leading to improved outcomes for individuals and communities grappling with mental crises.

Panel Discussion – Day One

Session presenters for day one of the Law & Mental Health Conference gathered for a wrap of the day’s questions and answers from the panel and from conference attendees.

Joining are Conference Coordinator Jason Renaud are Victoria Baptista of Congressman Adam Smith’s office, Mitzi Waltz PhD, Jackson Beck and Jason Tan de Bibiana of the Vera Institute, Felicia Spratt MS LPC, Steve Miccio, Isabelle Lanser PhD, and Courtney Tassin LPC.

Panel Discussion – Day Two

Session presenters for day two of the Law & Mental Health Conference gathered for a wrap of the day’s questions and answers from the panel and from conference attendees.

From Philadelphia, Dr. Sosunmolu Shoyinka, from Chicago Tiffany Patton-Burnside, from Portland Jackie Thomsen, from Madison Wisconsin Che Stedman joined Conference Coordinator Jason Renaud for a lively discussion and to answer questions from conference attendees.

Past Conference Speakers

2023 – Mobile Crisis – Satya Rhodes-Conway, Rep. Adam Smith, Mitzi Waltz PhD, Jackson Beck and Jason Tan de Bibiana, Felicia Spratt MS LPC, Steve Miccio, Isabelle Lanser PhD, Courtney Tassin LPC, Jamelia Morgan JD, Jordyn Jensen M.Ed, Shondelle Ramsay, Melissa McKee, April Sloan, Che Stedman, Jackie Thomsen MSW, Quinita Garrett LCPC, NCC, Tiffany Patton-Burnside LCSW, Sosunmolu Shoyinka MBA MD, Steve David LSW, Raven Loaiza MSW.

2022 – Civil Commitment – Paul Appelbaum MD, Sarah Vinson MD, Nev Jones PhD, Angela Smith DNAP, CRNA, Cassidy Wilson, Robert Boruchowitz JD, Amanda J. Marshall JD, Phebe Bell MSW, David Cohen MSW, PhD, Jonathan Cantarero JD, Will Hall MA, DipPW, Shoshana Kehoe-Ehlers JD, Janet Hays, Kate Donahue JD, Bob Harris MPP & Bonnie Roy

2022 – Alternatives to Police – Ebony Morgan RN, Moki Macias, Ann Kitchen JD, Dominique Jones MA, LMFT, Jenna Cooper & Dave Thompson, Kenneth “Kensu” Carter MD, Taleed El-Sabawi JD, PhD, Laurel Lisovskis LCSW & Sara Stroo, Kaia Sand, Eric Rafla-Yuan MD, Chief Paul Pazen, Carleigh Sailon LCSW, Mariela Ruiz-Angel MSW & MBA, David Harris, Amy Watson PhD, Ashley Krider MS, Jackson Beck & Jason Tan de Bibiana MSc.

2021 – Impact of Alcohol – Susan Cheever, David H. Jernigan PhD, Joel Ainsworth, Andrew Dyke PhD, Linda L. Chezem JD, Don Coyhis, Paul A. Gilbert PhD, Tiffany Hall, Bruce Lee Livingston MPP, Mike Marshall, Nandita Murukutla PhD, Rebecca Perl, Timothy S. Naimi MD & MPH, Alicia Sparks PhD & MPH, Mike Tobias, Cassandra Tourre MPA.

2020 – Ebony Clarke LCSW, Alison Bort JD & PhD, Joe Biel, Mellani Calvin, Faith Harper PhD, Joseph Green, Suzie Kuerschner MEd, Brian Lindstrom, John Mullin, Anne Larson, Emily Cooper JD, Ivanova Smith, Thaddeus Betz JD, Sgt. Amy King, Melissa Fisher, Bruce Miller MD.

2019 – Bob Joondeph JD, Sandra Luckow, Billy Williams JD, Kevin Rau, Janet L. Holland LCSW, Ellen Ganley, Karen Perdue, Emily Cooper JD, Kim Mosolf JD, Tina Bialas, MA QMHP, CADC III, Anne-Marie Bandfield MSW, Commander Tad Larson, Undersheriff Troy Clausen, Melissa Allison JD, Sarah Radcliffe JD, Professor Aliza Kaplan JD, Mike Marshall, Michelle R. Guyton PhD, ABPP, Alexander Millkey PsyD, Laurie Robertson, Jonathan Meyer JD, J.P. Anderson

2018 – Judge Ginger Lerner-Wren, Judge Pat Wolke, Tamara Sale MA, Leticia Sainz LPC, Bob Joondeph JD, Sarah Radcliffe JD, Eric Martin MAC, CADC III, PRC, CPS, Joan Ayala MSW, Sean Syrek PSS, Edward Jones JD, Judge Heather Karabeika, Judge Cindee Matayas, Sid Moore JD, Rabbi Ariel Stone, Jo Ann Hardesty, Mark Schorr LPC, Cynthia Fowler MD, Jeffrey Howe JD, Mandy Davis LCSW, PhD, Natasha Tracy, Octavio Choi MD, PhD, Sheriff Mike Reese, Chief Deputy Nicole Morrisey O’Donnell, Chief Ron Louie MPA, Chief Pete Kerns, Brian Lindstrom

2017 – Elyn Saks PhD, JD, Libby Stuyt MD, Judge Juliet Britton, Stephanie Maya Lopez MD, Harris Matarazzo JD, Craig Johnson JD, Elena Balduzzi PsyD, Lynn Jones, Alex Bassos JD, Ashlee Albies JD, Kristen Chambers JD, Rev. Dr. T. Allen Bethel, Sheriff Jason Myers, Walt Beglau JD, Ann-Marie Banfield MSW, Judge Kathie Steele, Micky Logan JD, Sarah Radcliffe JD, Bob Joondeph JD, Meg Kaveny LCSW, Brenton Gicker EMT, RN, Juliana Wallace LCSW, Karen James, Chris Farentinos MD, MPH, Freda Ceaser, Janie Marsh, Johnnie Gage, Tonya Jones, Beckie Child, MSW, Doug Querin JD, LPC

Conference Sponsors and Partners for Spring 2022

Center on Behavioral Health and Justice Integration, Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare, Underdog Law Office, Kaiser Permanente, Multnomah County, Molina Complete Care of Arizona, Association of Oregon Community Mental Health Programs, Multnomah County District Attorney, Oregon Council on Behavioral Health, Washington County Behavioral Health, Washington County District Attorney, Bridgeway Recovery Services, Clackamas County Behavioral Division

Conference Sponsors and Partners for 2021

Oregon Health Authority & the Oregon State Hospital, Multnomah County Behavioral Health Division, Kaiser Permanente, Ganapati Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation, Central City Concern, Providence Health & Services, Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare, Association of Oregon Community Mental Health Programs, Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority, Bridgeway Recovery Services, Northwest Addiction Technology Transfer Center, Rainier Springs Hospital, Health Share of Oregon, Oregon Council for Behavioral Health, Mental Health & Addiction Certification Board of Oregon, Oregon Recovers, Oregon Department of Justice, Alcohol Policy Alliance

Conference Sponsors for 2020

Multnomah County and their Mental Health & Addictions Division, Oregon Health Authority – Oregon State Hospital, Psychiatric Security Review Board, Kaiser Permanente, Oregon Health Science University – Department of Psychiatry, Providence Health & Services, Association of Community Mental Health Providers, Bridgeway Recovery, Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare, Central City Concern, Clackamas County Behavioral Health Division, Health Share of Oregon, Oregon Council for Behavioral Health, Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training, Oregon Public Health Division, Washington County & Washington County District Attorney

Conference Sponsors for 2019
Association of Oregon Community Mental Health Programs, Bridgeway Recovery Services, CareOregon, Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare, Cedar Hills Hospital, Central City Concern, Clackamas County Behavioral Health Division, Clackamas County District Attorney’s Office, Multnomah County Public Health Department & Mental Health & Addictions Service Division, Native American Rehabilitation Association NW, the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training, the Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon State Hospital, the Oregon Public Health Department, Oregon State Sheriff’s Association, Oregon Aging & People with Disabilities, Northwest Forensic Institute LLC, Psychiatric Security Review Board, Telecare, Washington County District Attorney’s Office.

Conference Sponsors for 2018
Cedar Hills Hospital, Psychiatric Security Review Board, Association of Oregon Community Mental Health Programs, Multnomah County Mental Health and Addiction Services Division (MHASD), Northwest Health Foundation, Columbia Community Mental Health, Mental Health Association of Portland, Central City Concern, Bridgeway Recovery Services, Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare, Clackamas County Behavioral Health Division, Kaiser Permanente Behavioral Health Services, Oregon Public Health Division, Northwest Forensic Institute, LLC, Multnomah County District Attorney, Oregon Department of Human Services Aging and People with Disabilities, The Oregon Center on Behavioral Health and Justice Integration, Serenity Lane, Ainsworth United Church of Christ, Teras Intervention and Counseling, Sequoia Mental Health Services, Disability Rights Oregon, Mental Health Association of Oregon, Northwest Housing Alternatives, Unity Center and Legacy Health, Harris Matarazzo, JD, Philip Shapiro, MD, Clackamas County District Attorney, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State Sheriff’s Association, Washington Count District Attorney

Conference Sponsors for 2017
American Psychiatric Nurses Association – Oregon Chapter, Association of Community Mental Health Programs, Cedar Hills Hospital, Central City Concern, Mental Health Association of Portland, Mid-Valley Behavioral Care Network, Multnomah County District Attorney, Multnomah County Mental Health & Addiction Services Division, NW Forensic Institute, LLC, Oregon DHS – Seniors and People with Disabilities, OHSU Department of Psychiatry, Providence Health, Psychiatric Security Review Board, Unity Center for Behavioral Health