Advancing Early Diversion Summer Series

Advancing Early Diversion Summer Series

Join SAMHSA’s GAINS Center this summer for the Advancing Early Diversion Summer Series! This four-session webinar event will explore practical strategies to implement an early diversion program in your community, with a focus on collaboration.

In each of these webinars, you will hear from national experts and local jurisdictional representatives. The presenters will provide guidance on best and promising practices as well as practical lessons learned, so you can design an early diversion program that fits the needs of your community.

In addition, each webinar will be immediately followed by a small group discussion, where audience members can engage directly with the presenters to learn more about the topics of discussion.

Part 1: Data and Information Sharing in Early Diversion

July 17, 2019 // Webinar: 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET // Discussion Group: 2:30-3:30 p.m. ET

Data and information sharing across criminal justice and behavioral health agencies can pose challenges in terms of data collection processes, data storage and sharing infrastructure, privacy and confidentiality laws, and agreement around the purpose and use of data. This webinar will highlight recommended data points and strategies for data and information sharing in the early intercepts of the Sequential Intercept Model, as outlined in a forthcoming SAMHSA publication Data Collection Across the Sequential Intercept Model (SIM): Essential Measures.

Register for the July 17 webinar.

Presenters

  • Chris Schneweis, HIPAA/Healthcare Privacy Officer, Senior Management Analyst, Johnson County, Kansas
  • Holly Matthews, Esq., Executive Director, Criminal Justice Coordinating Council

Small Discussion Group

This webinar will include a unique opportunity to ask targeted questions to the webinar presenters in a small discussion group immediately following the webinar. Take advantage of having subject-matter experts and local practitioners on the line to answer your questions and provide virtual technical assistance related to your work. The discussion group will be capped to allow for specific questions to be answered in full. Registration for the discussion group is required for participation.

Register for the July 17 small discussion group.

Part 2: Strategies for Collaborative Early Diversion Encounters

July 26, 2019 // Webinar: 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET  // Discussion Group: 2:30-3:30 p.m. ET

Many early diversion strategies rely upon cooperation between law enforcement officers and mental health professionals to manage crisis encounters. However, on-scene cooperation depends on stakeholder collaboration and clear protocols for how to handle a variety of situations. This webinar will spotlight jurisdictions that have established effective joint responses to mental health crises and provide participants with guidance for their own communities.

Register for the July 26 webinar

Presenters

  • Sgt. Doug Winger, M.P.A., Los Angeles Police Department’s Systemwide Mental Assessment Response Team (SMART)
  • Josh Cantwell, L.C.S.W., Clinical Director of Special Programs, Grand Lake Mental Health Center, Inc.

Small Discussion Group

This webinar will include a unique opportunity to ask targeted questions to the webinar presenters in a small discussion group immediately following the webinar. Take advantage of having subject-matter experts and local practitioners on the line to answer your questions and provide virtual technical assistance related to your work. The discussion group will be capped to allow for specific questions to be answered in full. Registration for the discussion group is required for participation.

Register for the July 26 small discussion group.

Part 3

This webinar will address collaborations between fire departments, emergency medical services, and behavioral health providers to serve individuals in mental crisis.

More details, including date, time, and registration, will be released in the coming weeks!

Part 4

This webinar will address strategies for data collection and information sharing between criminal justice and behavioral health agencies.

More details, including date, time, and registration, will be released in the coming weeks!

Criminal justice, GAINS, Training & Technical Assistance

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