Course Corrections: National Law Enforcement Summit
About this Event
On November 13 & 14, 2018, the Equitas Project, in collaboration with national law enforcement representatives and leaders, presented a nationwide summit at LAPD Headquarters in Los Angeles, California. Course Corrections: National Law Enforcement Summit: From Crisis Intervention to Mental Health and Public Safety set the stage for 85 national law enforcement decision-makers in law enforcement, from regions all across the country, to point the way toward disentangling mental health and criminal justice, and help communities transition from a crisis intervention mode to sustainable health and safety. Participating leaders have contributed to a co-authored national advocacy document identifying priorities set by the group, which is published here.
Representatives from the following organizations participated in the event:
Albany Police Department, American Conservative Union Foundation, Broomfield Police Department, Bureau of Justice Assistance, California Commission on POST, California Highway Patrol, Cañon City Police Department, Center for Court Innovation, Chicago Police Department, Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) International, City of Santa Monica, Colorado Department of Public Safety, David and Laura Merage Foundation, Denver District Attorney’s Office, District Attorney Jackie Lacey, Essex County Sheriff’s Department, Fair and Just Prosecution, Harris County Sheriff’s Office, Hillsboro Police Department (Oregon), Los Angeles District Attorney, Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office Bureau of Investigations, Los Angeles Police Department, Law Enforcement Action Partnership, Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) National Support Bureau, Lima Police Department, Lincoln Police Department, Long Beach City Prosecutor’s Office, Longmont Police/Fire/OEM/Emergency Communications Center, Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Los Angeles Police Department – Detective Bureau, Los Angeles Police Department – Mental Evaluation Unit, National Association of Counties, New York City Police Department, New York County District Attorney’s Office, Office of the San Diego County District Attorney, Police Assisted Addiction & Recovery Initiative (PAARI), Portland Police Bureau, Redondo Beach Police Department, San Diego County District Attorney’s Office, San Francisco Police Department, San Diego County District Attorney’s Office, Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office, Seattle Police Department, Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department, The Equitas Project, University of Chicago Police Department
Compendium of Resources
From CIT International:
CIT International / Facilitating Understanding, Development, and Implementation of Crisis Intervention Teams
CIT is a program that provides the foundation necessary to promote community and statewide solutions to assist individuals with a mental illness and/or addictions. CIT reduces both stigma and need for further involvement with the criminal justice system. CIT provides a forum for effective problem solving regarding the interaction between the criminal justice and mental healthcare systems and creates the context for sustainable change.
Interviews regarding implementing and expanding mental health response programs, what challenges have come up, and the benefits seen:
Web Links below suggested by LAPD and Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA):
|CSG Justice Center | Collaborative Approaches to Public Safety|
The Council of State Governments Justice Center is a national nonprofit organization that serves policymakers at the local, state, and federal levels.
|Law Enforcement Mental Health Learning Sites | CSG Justice Center|
The Law Enforcement/Mental Health learning sites collectively reflect the range of strategies a law enforcement agency might consider when developing a collaborative initiative to address the needs of individuals who have mental illnesses in their community.
Located across the country, these learning sites represent a diverse cross-section of perspectives and program examples and are dedicated to helping other jurisdictions improve their responses to people with mental illnesses.
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Presenting Keynote Speaker Judge Steven Leifman
Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court of Florida
From 2007 – 2010, Miami-Dade County Judge Steve Leifman served as Special Advisor on Criminal Justice and Mental Health for the Supreme Court of Florida. In this capacity, Judge Leifman was responsible for chairing the Court’s Mental Health Subcommittee, which authored a ground-breaking report entitled, Transforming Florida’s Mental Health System. This report outlines recommendations with the goal of decreasing inappropriate and costly involvement of people with mental illnesses in the justice system. Since 2010, Judge Leifman has chaired the Florida Supreme Court’s Task Force on Substance Abuse and Mental Health Issues in the Court.
Due to his expertise in the areas of criminal justice and mental health, Judge Leifman has been appointed to serve in a variety of capacities on local, state, and national bodies. In recognition of his tireless efforts, Judge Leifman has received numerous awards including the 2015 William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence. One of the nation’s highest judicial honors, the Rehnquist Award is presented annually to a state court judge who exemplifies judicial excellence, integrity, fairness, and professional ethics.
Judge Leifman has also been featured in many national and local television programs, radio programs, and articles regarding mental health and the criminal justice system.
Leifman was featured in a recent article by The Crime Report for his work on the nation’s first “forensic diversion” center in Miami.
Read the full article here.
Resources from Judge Steven Leifman can be found below:
Miami’s Model for Decriminalizing Mental Illness in America from Governing
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