Course Corrections: Mid-Atlantic Summit on Behavioral Health & Criminal Justice

On March 22 and 23 of 2017, experts and leaders in behavioral health and criminal justice from Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia gathered for Course Corrections: Mid-Atlantic Summit on Behavioral Health and Criminal Justice. The purpose of this gathering was 1) to acknowledge the 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 build consensus regarding what course corrections are most urgently required, especially with regard to supporting community reintegration, and 3) to provide recommendations for overcoming barriers to reducing incarceration, improving behavioral health outcomes, and maintaining public safety.

Read the Mid-Atlantic Course Corrections conclusions and recommendations here.

Review the Resource Compendium.

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:

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Mid-Atlantic Resources on Behavioral Health & Criminal Justice


See the March 22 & 23 Event Agenda


Mar 22 - 23 2017

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