Crisis Response & Intervention

Developing the Workforce for Crisis Response

Speakers: Leah Pope, PhD, Amy C. Watson and Michael T. Compton, M.D., M.P.H.

A review of the values and core competencies for Community Behavioral Health Crisis Responders to ensure they are prepared to provided safe, compassionate, and effective crisis support without law enforcement unless crime or safety-related risks are present. Learn about current crisis workforce constraints and how a competency-based approach can support workforce diversification and expansion.

Law Enforcement’s Role in Behavioral Health Diversion: Knitting Together the Crisis Continuum

Speakers: Senior Lieutenant Allen G. Herring, Chief Paul Pazen (retired), and Ernie Stevens

In this session, a panel of law enforcement and NAMI partners will discuss local, innovative practices that respond to crisis calls and connect individuals to services and care in the community.

Lessons Learned from Mobile Crisis Response Teams

Speakers: Cathryn Nacario, Mary Woods, Dr. Luke Bergmann, Dr. Christine Davies, Tina Klotz and Shawn Keating

Our system is designed around crisis care- the most expensive and difficult type of care, which is damaging to individuals, families, and communities. San Diego has made substantial investments in early interventions while still building out crisis care. San Diego’s case study will articulate the successes of Mobile Crisis Response Teams, and why more state and federal resources are needed to integrate 988, develop an adequate messaging and education campaign, and address equity barriers.

Successes in Behavioral Crisis Response: Unarmed, Trauma-informed Culturally-affirming

Speakers: Taylor Crouch-Dodson, MPP, Candace Hanson, MA, LPCC and Taylor Shultz, MA, LPCC

In this session, Canopy Roots will share how they launched and grew the Behavioral Crisis Response (BCR) team in partnership with the City of Minneapolis.  The BCR is the City’s newest first responder dispatched by 911 to support people experiencing a mental health crisis.  The BCR is a team of unarmed, culturally responsive, and trauma-informed mental health practitioners operating citywide 24/7.  The program is managed by Canopy Roots, a majority Black-owned and women-led mental health organization based in the Twin Cities.

5 Takeaways from Meeting Crisis Needs in a Rural Community

Speakers: Heather Genovese and Paige Bichler, MSN, RN

This session will define problems facing rural communities responding to crisis, describe the why and how of Connections Bozeman service delivery architecture, and discuss the importance of community development and maintaining momentum. Last, we will identify ways to make crisis work for any rural community with key lessons and steps forward.

Peers Across the Crisis Continuum

Speakers: Amy Brinkley, CRS/CHW, CAPRCII and Dana Foglesong, MSW, NCPS, CRPS

In this presentation NASMHPD Recovery experts will present on the work of the National Division of Recovery Support Services which includes members in 44+ states and territories. This presentation will provide participants with an understanding of the existing recovery support infrastructure nationally. In addition participants will leave with the most recent data and understanding of how states are implementing peers in crisis services across the country.

Advancing 988 with State Advocacy

Speakers: Chris Bouneff , Sue Abderholden, MPH, Stephanie Pasternak and Gayle Giese

Congress created 988 as a national mental health crisis hotline, but it’s up to states to ensure 988’s success. Hear from NAMI State Organization leaders in Oregon, Minnesota and Florida on how they are setting the vision for 988 in their states and advocating for resources and policies that support a complete crisis care system. This session will focus on 988 state legislative strategy, coalition-building and policymaker engagement.

Does Congress care about people with mental illness? How last Congress surprised us all

Speaker: Hannah Wesolowski, Michael Linskey and Jennifer Snow

This session will provide a recap of the major legislation passed in the 117th Congress and its impact on people with mental illness. Hear updates on NAMI’s policy priorities, and what NAMI is doing to advocate for people with mental illness at the federal level during the next two years of divided government. This session will share the status of current proposals and ways that NAMI leaders and advocates can get involved.

Everyone at the table: Embedding Equity into 988

Speakers: Matthew Shapiro and Dr. Kisha B. Holden

988 holds the promise of creating a system that provides people in crisis with a compassionate mental health response. But for many people, implementing the three pillars of crisis care (someone to talk to, someone to respond, somewhere safe to go) does not guarantee a less traumatic and more equitable experience. Evidence shows that many people in underserved communities hesitate to ask for help, fearing that it will do more harm than good. During this session learn about how to make equity a priority in 988 so that we create a system that is a safe, accessible service for everyone.

How 988 Can Help Us Transform Crisis Response

Speakers: Hannah Wesolowski and Dr. Margie Balfour

988 opened a national conversation about how we respond to people in a mental health crisis. But it will take more than a number to help everyone in crisis. Efforts are underway in communities across the country. Hear about how NAMI and partners are ensuring every person in crisis has someone to talk to, someone to respond and someplace safe to go – and the change that means to the status quo.

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