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Navigating the Intersection of Mental Health & Justice in Th

Navigating the Intersection of Mental Health & Justice in the Criminal Legal System
Wednesday, May 6, 2020 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Program Fees:
Free for Members | $15 for Non-Members

Please Note: All attendees will receive an email confirmation including a Zoom invite two hours prior to the program with details on how to access the chat.

A panel of legal and mental health practitioners will explore the intersection of criminal justice and mental health in New York courts, including its historical context, strategies for reducing harm and criminalization of people struggling with mental illness, and a potential road map for expanded treatment-based alternatives. Speakers will answer: How did we come to rely on the criminal legal system to address mental illness? Are such policies in need of change? How can we transform existing practices and move toward more robust non-carceral solutions to a public health issue?

Jennifer Parish
, Director of Criminal Justice Advocacy, The Urban Justice Center Mental Health Project

Jenny Crawford, Associate Director of Contemporary Social Issues, Columbia University School of Social Work
Hon. Matthew D’Emic, Presiding Judge, Brooklyn Mental Health Court

Dr. Jonathan Giftos, Former Director of Substance Use Treatment NYC Health + Hospitals, Rikers Island 
Joyce Kendrick, Attorney-in-Charge at Criminal Mental Health Representation Team, Brooklyn Defender Services
Enid Fay Owens, Peer Specialist, Urban Justice Center Mental Health Project

Peter Scheidt, Deputy Chief Attorney, 2nd Division Mental Hygiene Legal Services 

Sponsoring Committees:

Criminal Justice Operations, Sarah Berger, Chair
Mass Incarceration Task Force, Sean Hecker, Chair 

Co-Sponsoring Committees:
Corrections and Community Reentry, Greg Morril, Chair
Mental Health Law, Karen P. Simmons, Chair

Related Report:

Op Ed: Invest time, resources in bail reform (Times Union) (March 29, 2020)

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