The Mid-Atlantic Summit on Behavioral Health and Criminal Justice will 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 will present work in progress, build and solidify broad support for coordinated efforts to overcome common barriers, and situate 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 give the Keynote address at the Course Corrections: Mid-Atlantic Summit on Behavioral Health and Criminal Justice on March 22, 2017.


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, will gather at the new 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-convene for a high-level strategic planning session.

Jump to full agenda framework below.


Who will attend?

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.


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:

National Association of Counties

National Alliance on Mental Illness

Georgetown University Prisons & Justice Initiative

Justice Policy Institute

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

The Sentencing Project

Community Connections

National Disability Rights Network

American Psychological Association

District of Columbia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council

With generous sponsorship from:

Sponsor this event.


Submit sponsorship payment here.


Mid-Atlantic Resources on Behavioral Health & Criminal





Agenda and Speakers

March 23: 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Breakfast** and Opening Remarks

Spotlight Presentations: Housing First & Supportive Housing

Spotlight Presentations: Access to Coverage & Care

Spotlight Presentations: Education & Employment Support

Spotlight Presentations: Data Integration/Analysis/Application

Lunchtime Presentation

Spotlight Presentations: Financial Restructuring/Innovation

Spotlight Presentations: Public Safety & Corrections Officer Training & Transformation

Spotlight Presentations: Interactive Systems Transformation

Spotlight Presentations: Policy Priorities

Initial Strategy Discussions

5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Networking Reception

March 22 Speakers Include:

Sheriff Thomas J. Dart, Cook County Sheriff’s Office, Illinois

Allison Bogdanović, Executive Director, Virginia Supportive Housing

Christy Respress, Executive Director, Pathways to Housing DC

Richard Bebout, Ph.D., Executive Director, Green Door Behavioral Health

John Snook, Executive Director, Treatment Advocacy Center

Frankie Berger, Director of Advocacy, Treatment Advocacy Center

Patrick Fox, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Colorado Department of Human Services

Claudia Schlosberg, J.D., Senior Deputy Director/Medicaid Director,

District of Columbia Department of Health Care Finance

Major Neill Franklin and Superintendent Rick Van Wickler, Law Enforcement Action Partnership

David Freeman, Psy.D., Executive Director, Community Connections

Sheriff Stacey Kincaid, Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office

Mannone Butler, J.D., Executive Director, Criminal Justice Coordinating Council

Tammy Selzer, J.D., Director, DC Jail & Prison Advocacy Project, University Legal Services DC

Mark Mauer, Executive Director, The Sentencing Project

Eric Buehlmann, Deputy Executive Director of Public Policy, National Disability Rights Network

March 23: 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Sponsor Breakfast

10:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.: Presentations, Discussion, and Document Production

Presentations from:

Mannone Butler, J.D., Executive Director, Criminal Justice Coordinating Council

Patrick Fox, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Colorado Department of Human Services

Discussion and Consensus Document Production Workshop

with Lunch Break** Included

**All meals are included with meal registration and must be purchased in advance.