On March 10, 2017, over two hundred experts and leaders in behavioral health and criminal justice from all over the state gathered for the NAMI Indiana 14th Annual Mental Health & Criminal Justice Summit: Course Corrections. The purpose of this gathering was 1) to address Indiana’s urgent need for an alternative to incarceration and criminal justice system involvement for people living with mental illness and/or those who may be experiencing a behavioral health crisis, 2) to share work being done across the state to advance this work, and 3) to build consensus regarding what course corrections are most urgently required for overcoming barriers to improving behavioral health outcomes and maintaining public safety.
Compendium of Resources: Indiana
Qsource is Indiana’s healthcare quality improvement organization and they contract with CMS to implement CMS’s quality improvement initiatives. Qsource’s regional collaborative is the atom Alliance and includes Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Alabama.
In Indiana, Qsource works to improve mental health through the behavioral health initiative and related aims, which are 1) reduce 30-day readmissions for inpatient psychiatric facilities, 2) increase behavioral health screening in primary care practices, and 3) improve care coordination and transitions for behavioral health.
Morning Keynote Presenter
Dr. Mark Munetz
Individuals with serious mental illness are over-represented in the criminal justice system. Dr. Mark Munetz, with Ohio’s Criminal Justice Coordinating Center of Excellence, will explain the evolution of the Sequential Intercept Model, an evidence based practice which identifies opportunities to divert people with mental illness away from deeper involvement in the criminal justice system. Dr. Munetz will describe how the model can be operationalized through mapping and action planning, and share early results of doing mapping in 14+ Ohio counties.
Afternoon Keynote Presenter
David is the brother of Theodore Kaczynski – the so-called Unabomber – who was arrested in 1996 after David and his wife Linda approached the FBI with their suspicions. David is the author of Every Last Tie: the Story of the Unabomber and His Family (Duke University Press), a memoir that discusses his brother’s mental illness and its impact on the family. Despite his diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia, Theodore was charged capitally and only avoided the death penalty after his family waged a two-year campaign to convince the US Justice Department that Theodore’s delusions had precipitated his violent behavior.
David lectures frequently on issues related to mental illness and has presented to the American Association of State Forensic Directors, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the New York State District Attorney’s Association, the National CIT Conference, and the National Association of Social Workers, among many other audiences. He previously served as executive director of New Yorkers for Alternatives to the Death Penalty.
Featured workshops included:
•Serious Mental Illness and the Death Penalty
•Stories from Within: Planning and Implementing Effective Mental Health in Jails and Prisons (NCCHC)
•IMPD’s Behavioral Health Unit (Utilizing police, community and mental health practitioners.)
•Working with Youth impacted by autism or mental illness, and addressing the use of seclusion and restraint
•Battle Buddies: A Discussion on the Power of Narrative, Vulnerability, and Peers in Mental Health Recovery for Veterans
•Community Reentry Solutions that Work (Centerstone)
The Mental Health and Criminal Justice Summit: Course Corrections brought in 250+ attendees. Attendees included law enforcement, judges, attorneys, legislators, mental health providers, advocates, nonprofit leaders, and people living with mental illness.
The 14th Annual Mental Health & Criminal Justice Summit: Course Corrections was held at:
3645 River Crossing Parkway
Indianapolis, IN 46240