The Mid-Atlantic Summit on Behavioral Health and Criminal Justice was designed to provide a timely opportunity for regional partners from around the contiguous states of the Mid-Atlantic region to:

    • Identify local and national best practices for
      • managing behavioral health
      • reducing incarceration
      • promoting public safety and prosperity
    • Address data needs and communications challenges
    • Align and focus policy reform efforts
    • Prioritize necessary course corrections
    • Promote bold state and local targets for reform

At this event, mid-Atlantic communities and agencies presented work in progress, built and solidified broad support for coordinated efforts to overcome common barriers, and situated their community-based behavioral health and criminal justice reform initiatives on a shared roadmap to a healthier, equitable and sustainably prosperous nation.


Announcing Keynote Speaker Sheriff Thomas J. Dart


Sheriff Thomas Dart has made national news as a law enforcement reformer working to end the over-incarceration of the mentally ill through an array of interventions.
See Sheriff Dart’s Mental Health Template.

Sheriff Dart will gave the Keynote address at the Course Corrections: Mid-Atlantic Summit on Behavioral Health and Criminal Justice on March 22, 2017. For more on his work, visit the Course Corrections: Mid-Atlantic Summit Compendium of Resources.


Day One (March 22):

Cross-system leaders and implementation experts representing regional and national efforts to reduce the role of the criminal justice system in managing behavioral health and to optimize efficient use of resources, gathered at the National Association of Counties event center in Washington, D.C. to share best practices and discuss challenges.

Day Two (March 23):

Exclusive Sponsor Breakfast

Day 1 representatives re-convened for further topical presentations and a high-level strategic planning session.

Jump to full agenda framework below.


Who attended?

Agencies and organizations across all sectors, representing mid-Atlantic regions that are committed to improved management of behavioral health for the sake of promoting public safety and prosperity, and for reducing incarceration and over-use of the criminal justice system.

See all participating organizations, sponsors and the Mid-Atlantic Summit Planning Group.


Event Objectives:

  • Establish a common language for advancing the objectives of a thriving community.
  • Produce a high-level regional roadmap to health, justice, and prosperity.
  • Identify and promote best practices in improving behavioral health outcomes and reducing the human costs of criminal justice, law enforcement and emergency response involvement in behavioral health crises.
  • Acknowledge known obstacles to the implementation of best practices for managing behavioral health and reducing incarceration, and describe pathways to overcoming or circumventing these.
  • Highlight, refine, and disseminate successful local and regional behavioral health management strategies that are data-driven, population-specific, collaborative and multi-disciplinary.


A project of Equitas in partnership with:

American Psychological Association

Community Connections

District of Columbia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council

Georgetown University Prisons & Justice Initiative

Justice Policy Institute

National Alliance on Mental Illness

National Association of Counties

National Disability Rights Network

The Sentencing Project

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Urban Institute

With generous sponsorship from:


Mid-Atlantic Resources on Behavioral Health & Criminal Justice


See the March 22 & 23 Event Agenda