NAMI Ask The Expert — Help, Not Handcuffs
Part 2: Legislation & Community Models
March 25, 2021, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. ET
In part two of our webinar series, experts will provide an overview of 988 legislation and an additional model of community crisis response, CAHOOTS (Crisis Assistance Helping Out on the Streets), developed by the White Bird Clinic in Oregon.
The 988 initiative aims to implement a three-digit national call number for mental health crises to divert people in crisis from unnecessary interaction with law enforcement. Experts from NAMI’s Advocacy and Public Policy team, Angela Kimball and Hannah Wesolowski, will provide information on the history, funding, and prospective implementation of the system, including next steps at both the federal and state levels.
Following the legislative overview, CAHOOTS Program Coordinator Ebony Morgan will present on the White Bird Clinic’s model, which provides 24/7 mobile crisis intervention in the cities of Eugene and Springfield, Oregon. CAHOOTS is designed to connect people in crisis with trained crisis intervention workers and medical personnel as an alternative to law enforcement when appropriate. This webinar will discuss what the CAHOOTS model is, how it functions, and what it really means to connect people experiencing a mental health crisis with responders trained in that field.
Following presentations, NAMI’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ken Duckworth will lead a guided discussion and Q&A with our panel of experts.
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Part 1: The Definition of Insanity Documentary & Panel Discussion — Thursday, February 25, 2021
This first webinar of the series will feature The Definition of Insanity, a PBS documentary about the Miami-Dade Criminal Mental Health Project, a team of dedicated public servants working through the courts to redirect people living with mental illness from incarceration to recovery. A guided panel discussion and Q&A will follow.
Part 2: Legislation & Community Models — Thursday, March 25, 2021
This webinar will provide an overview of 988 legislation and the next steps at the federal and state levels. The overview will be followed by the first in a series of presentations of different models of community crisis response.
Part 3: Additional Community Models — Thursday, April 22, 2021
This webinar will provide an overview of two additional models of crisis response that have proven effective across the country.
Part 4: Implementing a New System — Thursday, May 20, 2021
This webinar will provide an overview of the crisis model being developed/implemented in Louisiana and will offer background on how to begin local implementation of a new crisis system.
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