SAMHA January 3 Part Criminal Justice and Behavioral Health Webinar Series

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Criminal Justice and Behavioral Health Webinar Series

Presented by SAMHSA

This three-part series will examine ways in which providers, practitioners, and law enforcement can work together to increase best outcomes for persons in crisis.

Part 1 of 3

Developing Partnerships Between Providers and Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Officers

Date: Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Time: 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time / 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time



An Adobe Connect link will be sent to you for easy access to the webinar.

Webinar Description

A CIT program is a model for community policing that brings together law enforcement, mental health providers, hospital emergency departments, and individuals with mental illness

and their families to improve responses to people in crisis. CIT programs enhance communication, identify mental health resources for assisting people in crisis, and ensure that officers get the training and support that they need.1 However, much

of the training and promotion of CIT has remained focused on law enforcement with little exploration of the interface between law enforcement and the various components of the provider community.

In this webinar, one of three planned to address lesser explored corners of the criminal justice and behavioral health world, we will look at how CIT programs, officers, and

behavioral health providers can work together to increase best outcomes for the person experiencing a crisis. Participants will be able to:

  • Define the primary goals and responsibilities of CIT officers serving the community.
  • Describe how the goals of CIT officers and the goals of community mental health services relate to access to supportive and welcoming services.
  • Identify methods for improving the working relationship between CIT and providers to benefit the individuals served.

Host: Melody Riefer, M.S.W.


Tania Rosas Woods, LCSW, is the law enforcement liaison for the Oklahoma

Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.

Master Police Officer Carl Pendleton, M.Ed., has been a police officer

with the city of Norman, Oklahoma, since 2009 and is a CIT officer and trainer.




Part 2 of 3

From Re-entry to Recovery: Peer Support for Transition to the Community

Elissa Nulton and Christy DeFeo from Peerstar, LLC, serving five counties in Pennsylvania, will present on peer support programs working on re-entry issues for people served

in the behavioral health system. This webinar will be a "don't miss" as it will provide a great deal of important information for all providers, peers, families providers, and others who care about

criminal justice issues!

Date: Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Time: 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time / 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time






Part 3 of 3

Overcoming the Cultural and Service Gaps in Criminal Justice and Community Support for Tribal Members

An important look at cultural chasms and how creating bridges helps people find their path to recovery. Every provider will benefit from exploring this topic. While we will be

talking about tribal members, the themes, challenges, and solutions have application across many cultures and people.

Date: Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Time: 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time / 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time

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