Working to create significant and positive changes in policies within the criminal justice system for people living with mental illnesses.

Leaders in Mental Health and Criminal Justice

Morning Keynote Presenter

Dr. Mark Munetz

Individuals with serious mental illness are over-represented in the criminal justice system. Dr. Mark Munetz, with Ohio’s Criminal Justice Coordinating Center of Excellence, will explain the evolution of the Sequential Intercept Model, an evidence based practice which identifies opportunities to divert people with mental illness away from deeper involvement in the criminal justice system. Dr. Munetz will describe how the model can be operationalized through mapping and action planning, and share early results of doing mapping in 14+ Ohio counties.

Afternoon Keynote Presenter

David Kaczynski

David is the brother of Theodore Kaczynski - the so-called Unabomber - who was arrested in 1996 after David and his wife Linda approached the FBI with their suspicions. David is the author of Every Last Tie: the Story of the Unabomber and His Family (Duke University Press), a memoir that discusses his brother’s mental illness and its impact on the family. Despite his diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia, Theodore was charged capitally and only avoided the death penalty after his family waged a two-year campaign to convince the US Justice Department that Theodore’s delusions had precipitated his violent behavior.

David lectures frequently on issues related to mental illness and has presented to the American Association of State Forensic Directors, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the New York State District Attorney’s Association, the National CIT Conference, and the National Association of Social Workers, among many other audiences. He previously served as executive director of New Yorkers for Alternatives to the Death Penalty.

Featured workshops include:

•Serious Mental Illness and the Death Penalty

•Stories from Within: Planning and Implementing Effective Mental Health in Jails and Prisons (NCCHC)

•IMPD's Behavioral Health Unit (Utilizing police, community and mental health practitioners.)

•Working with Youth impacted by autism or mental illness, and addressing the use of seclusion and restraint

•Battle Buddies: A Discussion on the Power of Narrative, Vulnerability, and Peers in Mental Health Recovery for Veterans

•Community Reentry Solutions that Work (Centerstone)

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Registration to the Summit includes breakfast and lunch, continuing education credits (CEU, ILEA, and (pending approval) CLE/NLS), access to all exhibitors, as well as networking opportunities, plenary sessions, and workshops.

The registration fee is $120.00 per person, $100.00 for NAMI Members,

or Join NAMI and attend the Summit for $135.00.

All available Scholarships for individuals and family members impacted by mental illness have been granted, and we do not have any more scholarships left for this event.

The Summit was held at:

The Indianapolis Marriott North

3645 River Crossing Parkway

Indianapolis, IN 46240

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The Mental Health and Criminal Justice Summit brings in 250+ attendees. People who attend include law enforcement, judges, attorneys, legislators, mental health providers, advocates, nonprofit leaders, and people living with mental illness. Register online to become an exhibitor.