In recognition of his pioneering work with mental health courts, the Honorable Stephen Manley received the Sam Cochran Criminal Justice Award at the NAMI national convention. Judge Manley established one of the first mental health courts in the nation in
Dr. Randolph Dupont, best known as the co-founder of the Memphis Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) program, was awarded NAMI’s Outstanding Psychologist Award for his work in advancing CIT. Dr. Dupont has embraced the importance of community partnerships in CIT programs by giving CIT a home at the University of Memphis. He is also the driving force behind much of the research showing CIT’s effectiveness. Dr. Dupont has worked tirelessly to promote CIT in
This session addressed the controversial issue of the use of less lethal weapons such as Tasers and stun guns through a diverse panel of stakeholders. The panel included Major Sam Cochran, founder of the Memphis CIT program; Risdon Slate, PhD, professor of criminology at Florida Southern College; and J. Rock Johnson, J.D., a leading consumer advocate, and Ron Honberg, NAMI's Director of Policy and Legal Affairs. In addition to the perspectives of the panelists, the workshop featured information about less lethal weapons and a policy framework for the usage of these weapons.
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Specialty courts, such as mental health courts and drug courts, have assumed a leadership role in efforts to break the cycle of unnecessary incarceration and link people with serious mental illness and co-occurring disorders with appropriate treatment and services. This symposium featured two leaders in the specialty court movement, who have worked both in
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