Criminalization of Mental Illness
Hamline University - Anderson Center
Friday April 26th 2019 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
The largest mental health treatment facility in Minnesota is the Hennepin County Jail. Crisis calls to police are on the rise across the state and mental illness is overwhelming the justice system. Join us for a full-day conference on Friday, April 26th to understand the complexity of the criminalization of mental illness and to generate solutions. Sessions by experts in the field will cover mental illness in policing, criminal court, jail and prison, and community corrections.
The event takes place at the Anderson Center at Hamline University, on the corner of Snelling and Englewood.
A catered lunch is included in the registration cost.
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8:00-8:30: Registration and resource fair
8:30-9:00: Overview of the problem by Dr. Jillian Peterson, Hamline University
9:00-10:15: Policing mental illness
Chief Scott Boerboom, Minnetonka Police Chief
Jenna Erickson, Personal experience
Commissioner John Harrington, Commissioner of MN Dept of Public Safety
Sergeant Jamie Sipes, St. Paul Police Department Mental Health Unit
10:30-11:45: Mental illness in the courts
Sue Abderholden, Executive Director of NAMI MN
Judge Nicole Starr, Ramsey County Mental Health Court
Evan Tsai, Public defender, Veteran Court
Dr. Tricia Aiken, Minnesota Department of Human Services
12:15-1:15: Lunch and Keynote address by Alisa Roth, MPR News
1:30-2:45: Mental illness in jails and prisons
Naomi Gaines-Young, Personal experience
Sheriff David Hutchinson, Hennepin County Sheriff
Paul Schnell, Commissioner of the MN Dept of Corrections
3:00-4:15: Mental illness in community corrections
Dwayne Hicks, Ujamaa Place Wellness Director
Aron Gosling, Specialty mental health probation officer
Catherine Johnson, Director of Hennepin County Community Corrections and Rehabilitation
Lori Swenson, Hennepin County Mental Health Court
4:15-4:30: Closing and reflection
Alisa Roth recently joined MPR News this fall as the newsroom’s first reporter dedicated to covering the topic of mental health as part of Call to Mind, American Public Media’s mental health initiative.
Roth is the author of Insane: America’s Criminal Treatment of Mental Illness, an urgent exposé of the mental health crisis in our courts, jails, and prisons.. Roth, a former reporter for Marketplace, has also written for The New York Times and The New York Review of Books. A former Fulbright Scholar, she also has reported for NPR and The World.
Roth's book will be available for purchase at the conference.
This event is approved for 6.5 hours of continuing education from the following boards.
Minnesota Board of Social Work
Minnesota Board of Continuing Legal Education
Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training
Minnesota Board of Marriage and Family Therapy
Minnesota Board of Psychology
Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy
Is your organization interested in sponsoring the Criminalization of Mental Illness conference? Please fill out this form.
Thank you to our current sponsors:
Red River Behavioral Health System
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