National Prosecutors Summit on Mental Health

November 10 | 12 p.m. ET to 4 p.m. ET

This Course Corrections summit will focus on prosecutor-led diversion efforts and their unique role as community leaders in disentangling mental health and criminal justice.

Prosecutors will share brief overviews of their diversion work, with time for questions and discussion involving all participants. We’ll hear from other judicial and behavioral health partners about innovative work being done to disentangle mental health and criminal justice in partnership with prosecutors’ offices.

Judge Steve Leifman from Miami-Dade County, Florida will be our keynote speaker. We’ll identify opportunities for accelerated learning and implementation and to promote changing practices and policies nationwide.


Additional Presenters

Julie M. Turnbull
Chief, Restorative Justice Division
Dallas County Criminal District Attorney’s Office
Dallas, Texas

Douglas P. Haubert
Long Beach City Prosecutor
411 West Ocean Blvd, 8th Floor
Long Beach, California

Michele Oncken
Division Chief – Mental Health and Child Fatality Division
Harris County District Attorney’s Office
Houston, Texas

Toni Mardirossian
Alternatives to Incarceration Chief
District Attorney’s Office of Manhattan
New York, New York


About Judge Steve Leifman


Judge Steve Leifman is the Associate Administrative Judge of the Miami-Dade County Court – Criminal Division. From 2007-10, Judge Leifman served as Special Advisor on Criminal Justice and Mental Health for the Supreme Court of Florida. In this capacity, Leifman was chair of the Court’s Mental Health Subcommittee, which authored a ground-breaking report entitled, Transforming Florida’s Mental Health System, a report of strategies to reduce inappropriate involvement of people with mental illnesses in the justice system.

From 2010-18, Judge Leifman chaired the Florida Supreme Court’s Task Force on Substance Abuse and Mental Health Issues in the Court. He currently chairs the Steering Committee on Problem Solving Courts for the Supreme Court of Florida and the Mental Health Committee for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida.

Judge Leifman has served in a variety of capacities on local, state, and national bodies, including Co-Chair of the Council of State Governments/TAPA Center for Jail Diversion Judges’ Criminal Justice/Mental Health Leadership Initiative, Co-Chair of the Miami Dade County Mayor’s Mental Health Task Force, Board of Directors of the American Psychiatric Association Foundation, Board of Directors of the Corporation for Supportive Housing, member of the National Leadership Forum for Behavioral Health and Criminal Justice Services, member of the American Bar Association Task Force on Criminal Justice Mental Health Standards, and a Voluntary Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Miami School of Medicine.

Judge Leifman received the 2015 William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence, and the 2015 Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Award for Judicial Excellence. In 2018, he was awarded the Pardes Humanitarian Prize in Mental Health, and had been named by New Times as one of Miami-Dade’s most interesting people of 2017. Leifman also was also named a 2016 Governing Magazine Public Official of the Year.

Judge Leifman has been featured in many television programs, radio programs and articles regarding mental health and criminal justice including, The New England Journal of Medicine, Atlantic Magazine, CBS News, USA Today, CNN: Anderson Cooper Special Report, CNN: Special Investigations Unit: The Criminally Insane, NBC Nightly News, PBS: Minds on the Edge, Facing Mental Illness, NPR: All Things Considered, New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal; Governing Magazine, the Samantha Bee Show on TBS, and others. He has also authored and published numerous articles and book chapters on mental illnesses and the criminal justice system.